Heather Small To Headline The BUFF Awards 2016

The British Urban Film Festival has announced Heather Small as the headline act for the 2016 BUFF Awards. The event will take place on Sunday 18th September 2016 at the Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel.

The BUFF Awards will be broadcast exclusively on Sky Showcase and complemented by extended digital coverage from BUFF online.

Heather Small, along with the announced hosts Adam Deacon and Femi Oyeniran, officially launched the awards from Tower Bridge:

For more information and tickets for the event visit: www.britishurbanfilmfestival.co.uk

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The Voice Online

BUFF organisers also confirmed that former lead singer of M People, Heather Small, will be headlining this year’s extravaganza.

Speaking to The Voice, the Proud hitmaker was critical of the long-standing trend of BAME talents in the UK finding greater prospects abroad than at home.

“It’s great that there is a platform like BUFF because we need it,” Small said. “But it’s sad that we do need it – it’s a double-edged sword.

“Still, it is great because I want our young people, and creative people to have the platform that they deserve.”

London Evening Standard

Heather Small has revealed she would like to try her hand at film work and in particular take on a voice acting role in an animated film.

The M People singer, who is best known for her hits Proud, Moving On Up and Search For The Hero, said she “loved film and theatre” and liked the idea of branching out from her comfort zone in preferably a musical or animated film.

Small said: “I have always thought to myself that I would like to do a musical or a voice-over... maybe be a character, like a Pixar, an animated film.

“That’s a specialist thing and I am not sure I am capable... but I would love to do it. Maybe something that combines the two.”

However, the star said that her first theatrical experience — starring in The Vagina Monologues at Wyndham’s Theatre in 2005 — was “traumatic”.

She told the Standard: “I love film and I love theatre. I love performance, that’s the key.

“I did The Vagina Monologues years ago and it was one of the most traumatic things I have done.

”Stepping out on the stage for the first time — wow. I thought, ‘You had to deliver girl.’

“I lost half a stone in three days with the worry. It was a sink or swim situation, but sometimes you have to challenge yourself.”

The singer, 51, was speaking as it was revealed she would headline this year’s British Urban Film Festival Awards, which will be held in September.

“When I think of urban I think of youth and I think of London,” she said.

“I wanted to get involved in the celebrations of these amazing films and let everyone know about the good work that was being done.”