Reggie Yates: ‘We seldom see Black British coming-of-age stories’

Thankfully, I started to have some level of self-belief and encouragement about 15 years ago and, through that, I started making short films. All of these clubs that are in the film are real places that massively informed my teens. More than anything, the friendship. One of the things that I’m incredibly proud of about this film is that it speaks to a version of Black British youth that we don’t get to see very often, and most importantly the joy of that. When I moved to South London, suddenly…

Pirates

Google is something we’ve barely heard of. This zany opening is the precursor to a feature that foregrounds the vibrant and the celebratory. Tamagotchis are something we all still care about. In making Pirates, Yates has stated his intention to show the lives of Black youth with a narrative other than the more prevalent depictions involving crime or hardship. Share this Share this Reggie Yates’ London-set, Y2K-era debut feature is a rollicking celebration of friendship and Black British music.It’s New Year’s Eve in London. In Retrospect. Transporting the audience on…