AM Weekly Update: 25 April, 2021

Hello all! We hope you have been enjoying the Spring sunshine. For all of our friends who are reaching exam season, we wish you luck and hope that you’re finding time to relax! Our latest instalment of weekly news takes us across the creative industry and into the worlds of radio and film ….

One of the biggest stories of the week was the announcement that radio DJ Annie Mac will be leaving BBC Radio 1 after 17 years. Broadcaster Clara Amfo will be taking over as the latest host of Radio 1’s flagship new music show, Future Sounds from late July. Annie took to Instagram to announce her departure:

This weekend saw the return of the Academy Awards, and the coveted Oscar for Best Original Song went to H.E.R for her song Fight For You from Judas and the Black Messiah starring the wonderful Daniel Kaluuya as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. An honourable mention must also go to my other favourite nomination, Húsavík (My Hometown), from Will Ferrel’s incredibly rousing, feel good Eurovision Movie which was released on Netflix last summer.

Meanwhile singer Sia managed to bag the title of “worst director” for her controversial musical drama film Music, at the pre-Oscar prize ceremony known as the Razzies, which highlights the worst films of the year. Sia was heavily criticised for casting a neurotypical actor, her famous on stage co-star Maddie Ziegler, as a nonverbal artistic girl, and for tone deaf treatments of autism throughout the entire film.

On a lighter note, Boy George took to social media this week to informally invite actors from around the world to audition to play him in his forthcoming biopic, Karma Chameleon. Following the success of Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody, musical biopics have become staples in film and popular culture. Boy George’s project will chart the humble origins of his Irish working class background through to his rise to stardom with the Culture Club in the ‘80s. We sure can’t wait for the release!

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for a new podcast episode dropping next week, alongside brand new features and Apocalypse Sessions from some of the industry’s hottest upcoming talent.

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Words by Pia Rose Scattergood

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