Actor and writer Nathan Bryon screened his six-part series Reality at the British Film Institute on 10 February.
Nathan presented a free screening and Q&A for the comedic social commentary web series, tackling issues including police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, Kanye West, and the Syrian refugee crisis. It took place in the BFI’s main theatre.
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Following the screening, a Q&A began with Nathan, co-director Grant Taylor, and actor Kiell Snith-Bynoe. When asked about working with Nathan, Grant explained that he has a level of creativity you “can’t rein in”, while Kiell was impressed at Nathan’s ability to write “conversational storytelling”.
Nathan admitted when asked that he had made a conscious decision to exaggerate the white versus black divide in the series, stating that “my art at the moment has a bit of an angry voice, but it will develop in my work”. When asked if black and Asian satire should be encouraged within each race’s filmmaking community, he replied, “Hell fucking yeah! Challenge everything you see”, and expressed a desire for his series to encourage a discussion about the issues.
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On why he chose to create an online series rather than a series of short films, Nathan explained that his inspiration came from a personal list of “100 Things To Do Before You Die” he had made for himself, one of which was to create a web series.