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By Shaibu Husseini
18 September 2022   |   2:38 am
The season of films will focus on the creatures that linger long after the closing credits, which have haunted screens and dreams for over a century.

Clarence Peters

BFI ‘Beyond Nollywood’ Presents Clarence Peter’s Inside Life
This autumn, the BFI will embark on a journey into the monstrous celebrating horror on film.

The season of films will focus on the creatures that linger long after the closing credits, which have haunted screens and dreams for over a century.

Inside Life will feature as part of the In Dreams Are Monsters season. The world premiere is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2022, at the British Film Institute, Southbank, London.

Inside Life follows an assembly of characters whose worlds collide as a result of a series of unfortunate life-changing events. Depicted with gritty realism and taking creative inspiration from Yoruba mythology, Inside Life, reveals a side to modern-day Lagos yet to be fully explored on screen.

Clarence, an award-winning Nigerian cinematographer and director, in the past decade, has revolutionised the African music video aesthetic. He has shot up to 3000 music videos for popular international Afrobeats acts, including the Grammy award-winning Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Kizz Daniel, Yemi Alade and Fire Boy DML to name a few.

His music videos routinely get millions of views. Overseeing the production company he founded, Capital Dream Pictures, he and his team have elevated the onscreen representation of Nigerian popular music. His visual work has inspired a whole generation who know him simply as ‘Clarence Shot it’.

Cannes Lions Ranks Most Creative People, Businesses
THE LIONS Creativity Report has been released. The report, which came out on September 14, 2022, is available for free through LIONS’ insights and intelligence platform, The Work. The yearly report is the definitive ranking for creative excellence in branded communications and provides insights, analysis and interviews with Lion-winning creators. Speaking on it, Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, said, “it’s a celebration and also a tool for future success.

The official global creativity rankings provide a definitive benchmark for the industry, accompanied by insights and commentary from our winners and the talented experts who judged the work this year. I would like to congratulate everyone who ranked this year. Together, they set the global benchmark for creativity.”

The report presents four Regional Network of the Year awards and 11 global awards: Creative Company, Network, Agency, Independent Agency, Creative Brand and Palme d’Or, as well as Health Network, Health Agency, Media Network, Agency by Track, and Independent Agency by Track of the Year.

The creative rankings also include the top performing Director, Art Director, Creative Director and Copywriter. Also included in the report are analysis and insights from the winning work and lessons on how brands are growing businesses and tackling some of the world’s most challenging problems in innovative ways. The themes covered include: ‘Creativity for Growth’, ‘Scalable Solutions’, ‘Craft with a Conscience’, ‘Tech in Service to the Idea’ and ‘Invite Everybody’.

The rankings are compiled using data from Lion-winning and shortlisted work from 2022. PwC is LIONS’ Process Integrity Partner and is responsible for independently confirming due process in the calculation and report of the Special Awards rankings listed.

Al Jazeera English Presents New International Documentaries
From October to December 2022, Al Jazeera English (AJE), home to some of the best, most diverse and unique documentaries from around the globe, will premiere the latest slate of several themed series as well as powerful single documentaries. In Bollywood Dreams audiences follow some of the thousands of ‘struggling’ Indians, who pin their futures and hopes on Bollywood.

In the USA, Colombia, Finland and Australia’s Torres Strait Islands, First Nation communities reclaim their heritage; combat environmental disasters and fight to sustain their lives and livelihoods. The award-winning Africa Direct returns for a second series, with African filmmakers telling African stories in immersive, first-person short docs.

AJE’s flagship strand Witness premieres several new films including from Ukraine, India, Iraq, Armenia, South Sudan, Algeria, Spain and Lebanon. Beyond the premieres, AJE will show some outstanding environmental and football films again in November and December.

Witness Australia’s bushfires up close, and experience the permafrost during COP. And while the world is glued to football fields, AJE goes off the pitch to understand six football clubs in the popular series ‘The Fans Who Make Football’. AJE’s Documentaries unit accounts for around a quarter of the Channel’s total output.

From immersive, character-led stories to issue-led exposures, the films prioritise the human lived experiences behind news stories. They aim to challenge prevailing narratives about people, places and power by elevating seldom-heard voices and featuring people telling their own stories.

“Our award-winning documentaries provide a great range, depth and nuance to our daily news coverage,” said Giles Trendle, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English, “and we are lucky to have a talented and diverse team which works with a wide array of filmmakers from around the world.”

The internationally acclaimed broadcaster showcases a wide range of stories; storytellers, perspectives and genres, in films which offer insight, understanding, information and empathy, to complement its global news.