HBO And Channel 4 Series GET MILLIE BLACK Casts Tamara Lawrance In Title Role, Tanya Hamilton To Direct

Gershwyn Eustache Jnr And Chyna MacQueen Also Star, Production Begins This Week In Jamaica


  • HBO and Channel 4 co-production of the six-episode drama limited series, GET MILLIE BLACK, has cast Tamara Lawrance to star in the title role, with Tanya Hamilton to direct.
  • Joe Dempsie, Gershwyn Eustache Jnr And Chyna McQueen also star.  Production begins May 2nd in Jamaica, with additional shooting in London to come.
  • Logline: Ex Scotland Yard detective Millie-Jean Black returns to Kingston to work missing persons; soon finding herself on a quest to save a sister who won’t be saved, to find a boy who can’t be found, to solve a case that will blow her world apart and prove almost as tough to crack as Millie Black.
  • Cast:

– Tamara Lawrance as Millie-Jean Black, A police detective forced to quit Scotland Yard and return to the country of her birth, Jamaica, to work missing persons cases for the JPF (Jamaican Police Force), Millie is a woman caught between worlds and conflicting versions of herself. Lawrance is represented by Gordon and French and UTA.

– Joe Dempsie as Luke Holborn, a British detective who shows up in Kingston on the trail of a major investigation that’s set on a collision course with Millie’s.  Bringing all the baggage of Scotland Yard with him, Holborn’s presence on Millie’s home turf is destined to be triggering in all sorts of ways. Dempsie is represented by B-Side Management in the UK, UTA and Atlas Artists in the US.

– Gershwyn Eustache Jnr as Curtis, As a gay cop, Curtis can go only so far in his own police force; as Millie Black’s partner, he’s about to have his whole life shattered. Eustache is represented by ARG.

– Chyna McQueen as Hibiscus,  Millie’s sister and one of the Sunlight Ladies, a band of Queer outcasts living hand-to-mouth yet exuberantly in the gullies that run throughout Kingston.  Hibiscus is the sister Millie never bargained for.  Millie is the sister Hibiscus never knew she needed. McQueen is represented by RAW Management.

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  • Marlon James, Creator and Executive Producer quote: “This is the first major international TV show to put my home country, Jamaica center stage, so it’s beyond awesome to have actual world-class Jamaican talent both in front and behind the camera, with our star Tamara Lawrance and Director Tanya Hamilton.”
  • Simon Maxwell, CEO, Motive Pictures and Executive Producer quote: “We are immensely proud to announce such a stellar line-up of talent on GET MILLIE BLACK – from directors Tanya Hamilton and Annetta Laufer, to writers Theresa Ikoko, Lydia Adetunji and Joshua St Johnston, to a cast that showcases some of the most exciting acting talents from Jamaica and the UK, led by Tamara Lawrence, Joe Dempsie, Gershwyn Eustache Jnr and a debut performance destined to electrify audiences from rising Kingston star, Chyna McQueen.”
  • About Tamara Lawrance: A BAFTA’s ‘Breakthrough Talent 2020’, Tamara’s film “Silent Twins,” in which she stars and executive produces, debuts in Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year.  Her award winning performance in “The Long Song” for Heyday Films earned her the lead in the independent feature “Kindred,” for which she was nominated for Best Actress at BAFTA Scotland. Tamara is also known for several award winning plays in London including leading roles at the National and Royal Court Theatre.
  • About Tanya Hamilton: Tanya Hamilton, a Sundance Institute writing and directing fellow is the writer/director of the award-winning film “Night Catches Us.” Hamilton was also the pilot director and executive producer of the series “Cherish the Day.” Among her other small screen directing credits are multiple episodes of HBO’s “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty,” Showtime’s “The Chi” and Epix’s “Berlin Station” and “The Godfather of Harlem.” 
  • Credits: An HBO and Channel 4 co-production; Creator/Executive Producer, Marlon James (represented by The Trident Media Group and Anonymous Content); Lead Director/ Co-Executive Producer, Tanya Hamilton (represented by Michael Lewis and Associates); Executive Producer, Simon Maxwell (CEO Motive Pictures, and Executive Producer); Director (2 episodes), Annetta Laufer (represented by 42 Management); Executive Producer, Leopoldo Gout; Writer/Co-Executive Producer, Joshua St. Johnston (represented by LARK Management); Writer, Theresa Ikoko (represented by Independent Talent Group); Writer, Lydia Adetunji (represented by The Agency); Story Producer,  Pia Furtado (Motive Pictures).


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Channel 4’s Paralympic Winter Games trail gives viewers an insight into the world of a Paralympian


Channel 4’s trail to promote its coverage of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games launches tonight (18.2.22) and puts viewers at the heart of the action.

Featuring ParalympicGB alpine skier Millie Knight, the film gives viewers a first-hand view of what it’s like hurtling down a ski slope at nearly 70mph.

But the trail goes a stage further and shows what it’s like skiing at such terrifying speeds with just five per cent vision which is exactly what Millie will be doing when she goes for Paralympic gold in Beijing.

Made by 4Creative, Channel 4’s multi award-winning in-house creative team, the film has been made with Millie’s guidance in order to try and replicate her vision as closely as possible when she is zooming towards the finish line.

4Creative’sExecutive Creative Director Lynsey Atkin said: “We’re all scared of something. Some of us would be rightly very scared of flying down a ski slope with severe visual impairment. Not Millie Knight, who is only afraid of snakes and glitter.

“We’re so grateful for Millie’s guidance in making this film, it’s helped us make it as realistic as possible to show viewers what she will be undertaking in Beijing.”

In the 40 second spot, which will premier during Gogglebox tonight (18.2.22), Millie reels off a list of seemingly mundane fears, including some of her own, set against footage of something most of us would really find terrifying – hurtling down a ski slope with five per cent vision.

The film then carries the caption: to be a Paralympian there’s got to be something wrong with you – a continuation from Channel 4’s campaign for last year’s Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympic Games, provoking people to think again about the extraordinary levels of determination, commitment and skill of Paralympic athletes.

The trail will be available with subtitles and audio description for viewers who have those settings activated on their televisions.

Channel 4 has exclusive broadcast rights within the UK and its Beijing Paralympics coverage will be produced by Whisper and sponsored by Toyota.

Notes to Editors


Creative Agency: 4creative

ECD: Lynsey Atkin

Deputy ECD: Chris Wood

Creative: Zoe Nash and Sali Horsey

Film Production: 4creative

Head of Production & Operations: Miketta Lane

Director: Barry Dyer

Producer: Gareth Thomas / Ali Laing

Head of Marketing: Laura Ward-Smith

Marketing Lead: Laura Woodcock

Marketing Executive: Alexandra Baker

Channel 4’s Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games coverage

Channel 4 recently announced details of its plans to cover the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games which features a 100 per cent disabled presenting team.

Channel 4 and We Are Parable team up to support Black TV & Film Makers across the UK


Channel 4 has teamed up with award-winning organisation, We Are Parable to create a mentoring and training programme for 60 Black TV, filmmakers and content creators across the UK.

The new scheme Momentum, will be run in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow and London as part of Channel 4’s drive to create new opportunities for Black people to progress in the film and TV sector, across the UK. 

The 60 filmmakers will be paired with a mentor and offered one to one sessions over a six month period. Additionally, they will have access to masterclasses and discussions with top experts from across the industry including from Channel 4 and Film4 as well as Apple, Altitude, Park Circus, STX and many more. Those taking part will get help with everything from script development, financing and funding to collaborating, sales and even distribution as part of a comprehensive guide to what they should do next to advance their careers.

Channel 4 and We Are Parable first worked together on The Black to Front Project. Last September, Channel 4’s entire programming schedule was fronted by Black talent and contributors across all genres and advertisements for one day, with the aim of amplifying Black voices and talent in front of and behind the screen.

Momentum, which is funded by Channel 4’s training and development strategy 4Skills, is part of the important legacy of the ground-breaking Black to Front Project.

Channel 4 Creative Diversity lead Neila Butt says: “The Black to Front Project was a huge commitment and an industry first from Channel 4, and we are very proud of it. We always wanted it to have a strong legacy and for it to lead to significant commitments. We loved working with We Are Parable at the time so it’s great to be partnering with them again as we continue our work to nurture and support Black talent, especially across the nations and regions.”

Anthony Andrews, Co-founder and Creative Director at We Are Parable says: “We’re really excited to collaborate with Channel 4 on the new iteration of Momentum. Their commitment to supporting talent behind, as well as in front of the camera, has been evident especially with last year’s Black To Front Project. By providing us with the tools and networks to scale Momentum to a nationwide level, we’ve been able to support more Black Filmmakers than ever.”

Teanne Andrews, Co-founder and Director of Operations at We Are Parable says they have extended the Scheme due to the demand: “We had more than 300 applicants for Momentum, and it was important for us to help everyone who approached us even if they weren’t in the final selection. Therefore, we’ve made our masterclasses available to everyone who applied for the course, whether they were successful or not.”

Channel 4 is committed to delivering a step change in diverse representation across its own platforms and in the wider industry. It is the first broadcaster to ring-fence commissioning spend for ethnically diverse-led indies, and has guaranteed a commission from each genre team for at least one new show with ethnically diverse talent and/or ethnically-diverse stories at its heart every year. 

We Are Parable also worked with Film 4 last year on the launch of the short film series Foresight, an anthology that explores alternate realities through the lens of five Black British directors which will be shown on All 4 and Film4  later this year.

Channel 4’s new national HQ in Leeds as well as Creative Hubs in Bristol and Glasgow are core to its 4 All the UK strategy to attract and develop talent from across the UK, both on and off screen.

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