Prince William may have only just found out about the concept, but the royal is already ready to partake in his first-ever Netflix and chill session.
The Prince of Wales attended the Film Africa biennial festival organized by the Royal Africa Society and hosted at The Garden Cinema in London this week. He announced on the official Kensington Royal social media accounts, “Today with [Royal Africa Society] we met film makers and students highlighting world-leading creativity. This talented group aren’t just the creatives of today, but the leaders of tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!”
One of those filmmakers he met with was Mo Abudu, the founder of the production company EbonyLife Films. During their chat, Abudu encouraged the royal to watch one of the films her company produced, The King’s Horseman, which is currently streaming on Netflix. The producer told OK! magazine, “He said he hasn’t watched a lot of African films but that he would like to and that he’s going to watch The King’s Horseman.” Abudu added, “I said you must ‘Netflix and chill’ and he nodded. I’m excited that I’ve been able to tell the prince about my film today.” It’s unclear if Abudu was suggesting that William literally take a break from his many royal duties as heir to the British throne in order to take in some cinema, or if she was implying something a little cheekier as the phrase has come to be used as a colloquialism for hooking up amongst the younger generations. Either way, the prince seemed completely unfazed by the filmmaker’s suggestion.
Later on during a Q&A session hosted by the festival, Abudu also spoke about the importance of highlighting Black voices from around the world in cinema. “Black storytelling is key,” she told the audience. “I think it doesn’t matter what part of the world we come from, you can be from Africa, you can be American, you can be Black British, you can be from the Caribbean. I just think that there’s something about being a global Black person and telling stories that reflect the Black consciousness that we need to keep doing.” She concluded, “Yes, our focus is to tell Black stories because there aren’t enough Black stories being told. So it’s not about, ‘oh, is it reverse racism?’ No, it’s not. It’s actually about diversity.”
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