BAFTA Statement

BAFTA Nominations 2020

BEATS is disappointed at the lack of diversity in this year’s BAFTA nominations, especially in the acting categories.

We believe that the nominations reflect the lack of diversity in the industry as a whole. However, last year saw a wealth of incredible films from diverse filmmakers, so where are the people of colour in the prestigious categories? In a year when both Parasite and The Farewell received nominations in other BAFTA categories, there is surely no justification for the blanket whiteness of all four actor categories.

Awkwafina’s nomination in the only public choice category (Rising Star) for her performance in The Farewell, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, proves that the problem is not a lack of talent from actors of colour.

We understand that BAFTA has committed to a review of its voting system, and as such, we expect them to be actively seeking to engage with representatives of those minority communities they are currently failing. As the only British East Asian advocacy group working across theatre and screen, we ask that we are consulted as part of the process.

Our statement was featured in the Variety report.


Mentoring Program

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BEATS Mentoring Program

The B E A T S  Mentoring program is an exciting new mentoring programme for emerging and experienced British East Asian writers and directors, funded by ScreenSkills. Our 9 month program will support professional development that responds to a very specific and real industry need: to develop and provide support for British East Asians working in the screen industry. Alongside the mentoring, participants will benefit from a number of complementary industry training and networking events.

Who is it for?

*British East Asian Writers and directors who come from various backgrounds [film, television, advertising, theatre, literature and games] and want to advance their skills or transition into a screen based medium. E.g. playwright who needs help entering the television industry, or a screenwriter who wants to transition into writing for games, or a mid-level  television writer who needs support transitioning to prime time television, a director looking to build on their first shorts or make their their first feature film. We are interested to hear from writers and directors from different skills levels – each participant will be bespoke matched to the most suitable mentor given their skills and needs.

How to Apply?

Please fill in the form. Please email any of queries regarding this mentorship programme to

We are accepting applications until 18:00PM on 17th February 2020.


The BEATS Mentoring program is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

*We use the term British East Asian to mean people of the following descent: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and their diasporas. These people remain severely underrepresented in the arts in the UK.

Mr Vampire




BEATS Halloween Screening

Mr Vampire is coming to town! In association with Fighting Spirit Fighting Festival, Chinese Visual Festival and Eastern Kicks, BEATS will be hosting a rare screening of Hong Kong classic Mr Vampire. All are welcome to get their cosplay on and join us for drinks pre and post screening!

Date: 2 November

Film starts: 20:00

Where: Stratford Picturehouse


Wild Goose Dreams

Earlier this year [31st July 2019] BEATS raised concerns about Hampstead Theatre’s decision to fly in an East Asian actor from America to play a lead role in The King of Hell’s Palace set in China, written by the Asian American writer Frances Yu Chu Cowhig

At the same time, we also expressed concerns that the very same director of King of Hell’s Palace, former RSC artistic director Michael Boyd, was planning to fly in another actor from America for his production of another Asian American play, Wild Goose Dreams, set in South Korea, written by Hansol Jung, at Theatre Royal Bath.

It now transpires that these concerns were not without grounds, as the production has indeed opted to fly in not one, but two, East Asian actors from America for this production. It is Boyd’s second East Asian themed play in a matter of months – more than any British East Asian director has ever managed in the entirety of their careers in major theatre spaces, making Michael Boyd de facto British East Asian theatre gatekeeper.

You can read our full statement here.

The Farewell

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BEATS Community Screening of Lulu Wang’s THE FAREWELL

Straight from its US box office success, BEATS Cinema is thrilled to present a special screening of Lulu Wang’s critically acclaimed film, The Farewell.

Based on Wang’s incredible story of her own grandmother – Nai Nai – we invite you to celebrate the Nai Nai in your life. Our community can take advantage of a special 2-4-1 ticket offer if you bring along your *grandparent* to this screening.

*By grandparent we mean anyone over 60 years old! So bring a grandpa, a grandma, an elderly neighbour, uncle or auntie! We do ask, whoever you bring please make sure they bring their Freedom pass or similar!*

Tickets are extremely limited and discounted! This screening is guaranteed to sell out.

Book tickets here!

Those that follow the work of BEATS will recognise this screening is a tribute to #RealAsianGranny. To learn more about BEATS visit our site and subscribe to find out first about our latest events and advocacy.

Our special event is sponsored by our generous sponsor Then Do Better’s:Thinking Bigly.



BEATS are piloting an East Asian cinema program with the support of BFI and Cinema for All. As part of this pilot we screened Columbus with the Curzon Bloomsbury on 13 July and this month we will be hosting a screening of the superlative Tampopo, a film bu Juzo Itami.

The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampopo serves up a savoury broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering, Tampopo is considered one of the greatest films about food.

Join us for cinematic feast.

When: 28 August 2019

Time: 18:20

Where: Picturehouse Central

Book here.


Hampstead Theatre

On 31 July 2019, Hampstead Theatre announced a staging of The King of Hell’s Palace, written by Frances Ya-Chi Cowhig and directed by Michael Boyd. In response to their production, we drafted the following open letter.

Hampstead Theatre responded with a statement on 5 August which you can read here, which contained inaccuracies which we have addressed in our latest statement which you can read here. Hampstead Theatre refuse to meet with BEATS.

Our statements are in support of the recently published statement from Equity’s Minority Ethnic Members Committee.



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After the success of working with distributors to screen and promote Crazy Rich Asians, Shoplifters and Of Love and Law. BEATS are piloting their very own East Asian cinema program with the support of BFI and Cinema for All. As part of this pilot we will be screening, Columbus with the Curzon Bloomsbury on 13 July.

Columbus, is a beguiling and intelligent film about emotions and architecture played out between graduate Casey, in an outstanding performance by Haley Lu Richardson and Jin, a pitch-perfect John Cho who has never been more delectable. 

Columbus is the feature debut of Asian American film critic and filmmaker Kogonada. Set in Columbus, Indiana an epicentre of modernist architecture, Kogonada uses buildings not only as backdrops but thematic motifs to negotiate tensions between family and loyalty.

Many people missed this gem first time round and we hope our screening gives people a second chance to catch this beautiful art house piece. Our screening is at the Curzon Bloomsbury, situated in the Brunswick Centre, one of London’s enduring sites of Brutalist architecture.

When: 13 July 2019

Time: 15:00

Where: Curzon Bloomsbury


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Summer Rolls


Summer Rolls by Tuyen Do is a family saga that portrays a Vietnamese’s family’s life in Britain. This marks a historic moment as the first British Vietnamese play to be staged in the UK.

Summer Rolls is a VanThanh Production in association with Park Theatre.

BEATS are proud to host a special performance:

Date: 9 July 2019

Venue: Park Theatre, Finsbury Park

18:30 Pre show meet and talk with the Summer Rolls creative team

19.45 Performance

21.30 Post show Talk with British East Asian theatre makers


Special Offer: First ten bookings using promo code BEATS10 access a ticket for £10.

White Pearl


In partnership with ACPU, BEATS are hosted networking drinks in combination with the evening performance of the Royal Court black comedy, White Pearl by written by Anchuli Felicia King and directed by Nana Dakin.

★ ★ ★ ★

“White Pearl is a little gem… a bracingly funny corporate satire.”

The Guardian | Michael Billington

Starring a formidable East Asian cast including Katie Leung, Kae Alexander, Farzana Dua Elahe, Kanako Nakano, Minhee Yeo and Momo Yeung. Plus a striking set designed by Moi Tran and sound design by Nicola Chang.


To top it off, our special night was discounted – you can access 22% off Band B tickets by using promo code BEATS.  (Tickets originally £32, now £25).

When: 8 June

Pre show drinks from 18:30

White Pearl: 19:30

Post show drinks: 21:00

Book here: