Dreaming Whilst Black official trailer
Adjani Salmon lifted the lid on his experience as a showrunner and how it related to his Dreaming Whilst Black character, Kwabena.
As well as working behind the scenes, Adjani starred as the main character who hated his dead-end recruitment job and longed to be a filmmaker.
Kwabena faced obstacles financially and struggled to get his Windrush love story, Jamaica Road on the big screens in a White-dominated industry.
The first episode saw the character secure a place on a program for “underrepresented voices” but Kwabena feared being pigeonholed when he was forced to choose between his passion project or a generic film on gang violence.
In an interview with Express.co.uk, Salmon reflected on his career and revealed he faced similar challenges getting this show on screens.
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Alongside financial instability, Kwabena struggled to get his foot in the film industry without connections, while dealing with racist microaggressions in his day-to-day life.
Salmon disclosed: “I would almost argue that we faced similar challenges getting Dreaming Whilst Black on screen.”
The actor was able to overcome the hurdles as he paid tribute to his team who ensured the show found its way to success.
He continued: “Thankfully there was Sarah Asante who was our original commissioning editor.
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“And then there was Tanya Qureshi who came in after Sarah left to spearhead us into life.”
Dreaming Whilst Black originally premiered in 2021 as a webcast television pilot and after landing a BAFTA, the series was developed on BBC Three earlier this year and proved to be a hit.
The comedy has also received rave reviews from fans and critics alike, scoring an enviable 100 percent on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
Speaking on his success and recent BAFTA Breakthrough Award win, Salmon stated: “It feels amazing, it feels wonderful to see what feels like a community effort and celebrate it that way.”
See the full BAFTA Breakthrough list below:
UK BAFTA Breakthroughs:
Adjani Salmon, writer/performer/exec producer – Dreaming Whilst Black
Bella Ramsey, performer – The Last of Us
Cash Carraway, creator/writer/exec producer – Rain Dogs
Charlotte Regan, writer/director – Scrapper
Cynthia De La Rosa, hair & makeup artist – Everyone Else Burns
Ella Glendining, director – Is There Anybody Out There?
Funmi Olutoye, lead producer – ‘Black History Makers’ (Good Morning Britain)
Georgia Oakley, writer/director – Blue Jean
Holly Reddaway, voice and performance director – Baldur’s Gate 3
Joel Beardshaw, lead designer – Desta: The Memories Between
Kat Morgan, hair & makeup designer – Blue Jean
Kathryn Ferguson, writer/director – Nothing Compares
Kitt (Fiona) Byrne, 2D artist/game designer – Gibbon: Beyond the Trees
Michael Anderson, producer – Desta: The Memories Between
Pete Jackson, writer/creator – Somewhere Boy
Raine Allen-Miller, director – Rye Lane
Rosy McEwen, performer – Blue Jean
Samantha Béart, performer – The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow
Talisha ‘Tee Cee’ Johnson, writer/director/presenter – Too Autistic for Black
Vivian Oparah, performer – Rye Lane
US BAFTA Breakthroughs:
Amanda Kim, documentary director – Nam June Paik: Moon Is The Oldest TV
Aminah Nieves, performer – 1923 and Blueberry (Film/TV)
Apoorva Charan, producer – Joyland
Cheyenne Morrin, senior games writer – Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Edward Buckles Jr. documentary director – Katrina Babies
Gary Gunn, composer – A Thousand and One
Jingyi Shao, writer & director – Chang Can Dunk
Maria Altamirano, producer – All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt
Santiago Gonzalez, cinematographer – Shortcomings
Shelly Yo, writer & director – Smoking Tigers
Sing J Lee, writer & director – The Accidental Getaway Driver
Vuk Lungulov-Klotz, writer & director – Mutt
India BAFTA Breakthroughs:
Abhay Koranne, writer – Rocket Boys
Abhinav Tyagi, editor – An Insignificant Man
Don Chacko Palathara, director/writer – Joyful Mystery
Kislay, director – Soni
Lipika Singh Darai, director/writer – Some Stories Around Witches
Miriam Chandy Mencherry, producer – From the Shadows and The Leopard’s Tribe
Pooja Rajkumar Rathod, cinematographer – Secrets of the Elephants
Sanal George, sound editor/mixer/designer – Gangubai Kathiawadi
Satya Rai Nagpaul, cinematographer – Ghoomketu
Shardul Bhardwaj, performer – Eeb Allay Ooo!
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