Debbie Plentie studied African-American Culture and Politics, together with Commonwealth Literature at SOAS (University of London). She was a member of the Theatre Royal Stratford East Writers Group where she wrote Party Girls, directed by Indhu Rubasingham. She has also held press and PR roles at Richmond Theatre, Theatre Royal Brighton and Chichester Festival Theatre, and currently works as a course co-ordinator at Brighton Film School.
Wheel n Come Again
This project has offered a valuable opportunity for us to bring all of our experiences, interests and creativity into the mix. Being able to set up a call and response between the curators and artists has been an engrossing process that’s continuing to evolve. As a black woman of Caribbean heritage who was born in Britain, I’ve chosen The Passion of Remembrance partly because it seeks to put the rich multiplicity of Black British experience front and centre. It explores the legacy of radical politics as well as the struggles within intimate relationships, while using an experimental, multi-layered narrative. Although it was made in the 1980s I suspect and hope that the film will challenge and resonate with audiences now, and I’m fascinated to explore how and why that is, and to see what creative sparks the film might ignite for our artists. I also wanted to choose a piece of work by a black female filmmaker if possible, and The Passion of Remembrance was co-directed by Maureen Blackwood (together with Issac Julien). This also feels like a timely moment to celebrate Sankofa’s work as a Black filmmaking collective who were committed to disrupting the status quo and creating new ways of working as artists.