After going viral with her documentary series Strolling, filmmaker Cecile Emeke continued to explore the themes of gentrification and black culture in the diaspora of Dalston, in her latest film Ackee & Saltfish.
Having just released its final episode, Ackee & Saltfish is both familiar and hilariously funny. London native, Cecile Emeke started it as a short film but it quickly expanded into a breakout web series depicting the everyday lives of besties Rachel and Olivia. Whilst the likes of Deadline‘s Nellie Andreeva may think that the recent rise in “ethnic” casting is “too much of [a] good thing,” it’s brilliant to see homegrown talent creatively expressing the conversations, issues and daily exploits that many of us experience.
Emeke’s foray into filmmaking came from a need to explore her creative interests and has seen her launch documentary series’ such as Strolling and Fake Deep – material that at its core offers truthful insights into the experiences of the black diaspora and black women.
Tell us about your background in art and filmmaking…
I have always been a creative person but I got into filmmaking in early 2014 after dropping out of university. I started playing around with a friend’s camera, taught myself the basics and started to experiment from there.