Amma Asante is an award-winning British screenwriter and director known for her films A Way of Life and Belle.
Asante was born in London in 1969. She began her film and television career as a child actress, appearing as a regular in the British school drama Grange Hill. She appeared in the "Just Say No" campaign of the 1980s and was one of nine Grange Hill children to take it to the Reagan White House. She gained credits in other British television series, including “Desmond's” (Channel 4) and “Birds of a Feather” (BBC1), and was a Children's Channel presenter for a year.
In her late teens, Asante left acting and worked in screenwriting with a development deal from Chrysalis. She founded a production company, Tantrum Films, and wrote and produced two series of the urban drama “Brothers and Sisters,” for BBC2.
Asante used Tantrum Films to make her directorial debut with a feature film, A Way of Life (2004). Her film was well-received and has won numerous awards.
In November 2004, the London Film Festival awarded Asante the inaugural Alfred Dunhill UK Film Talent Award, created to recognize the achievements of a new or emerging British writer/director who has shown great skill and imagination in bringing originality and verve to film-making. In February 2005, Asante was awarded the The Times's Breakthrough Artist of the Year and nominated for Best Newcomer at both the Evening Standard and London Film Critics award ceremonies.
That same month at the BAFTA Film Awards, Asante received the Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Writer, Director, or Producer in Their First Feature Film. The 2005 Miami International Film Festival awarded A Way of Life the distinction of Best Dramatic Feature in World Cinema and the FIPRESCI prize (International Federation of Film Critics prize) for Best Feature Film.
The Wales Chapter of BAFTA gave A Way of Life four of its top awards in April 2005, including Best Director and Best Film. Additionally, Asante was awarded for this film by the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain and the Mar del Plata Film Festival in Argentina.
Asante has developed film projects in both the UK and US. Her second feature film, Belle (2013), was based on Dido Elizabeth Belle, an illegitimate mixed-race daughter of an enslaved African woman and a British navy captain, who placed the girl with his uncle (and Belle's great-uncle) Lord Mansfield and his wife in late 18th-century London.
A special screening of the film was held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on April 2, 2014 as part of the UN commemorative events on slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. Asante and star Gugu Mbatha-Raw attended. The same week Asante was honoured by BAFTA in both Los Angeles and New York as a "Brit to Watch," where she attended special screenings of Belle held to celebrate her work. At the 2014 Miami International Film Festival, Asante was awarded The Signis Award as director of Belle.
In 2016, Asante directed the romance period piece A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.
Asante's 2018 film Where Hands Touch premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. The film stars Amandla Stenberg and follows the story of a young biracial teenager who falls in love with the son of a prominent SS officer and member of the Hitler Youth.
Asante is a contributor to the 2019 anthology New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby.
Most recently, Asante directed "Useful", episode 3 in series 3 of Hulu streaming service's series The Handmaid's Tale. The episode first screened on June 5, 2019. In the 2020 Powerlist, Asante was listed in the Top 100 of the most influential people in the UK of African/African-Caribbean descent.
How do I book Amma Asante to speak at my event?
Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Amma Asante for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Amma Asante, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Amma Asante or any other speaker of your choice.
How much does it cost to book Amma Asante for a speaking engagement?
Speaking fees for Amma Asante, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Amma Asante are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and $20,000 - $30,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Amma Asante, click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
What topics does Amma Asante speak about?
Amma Asante is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Black Heritage, Television & Film, Diversity, Acting, Writing, Social Activism, Entertainers and Entertainment.
Where does Amma Asante travel from?
Amma Asante generally travels from UK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.
Who is the agent for Amma Asante?
AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully secured keynote speakers like Amma Asante for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Amma Asante for your next private or corporate function.
What is a full-service speaker booking agency?
AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Amma Asante or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?
If you’re looking for the best speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
Amma Asante is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Black Heritage, Television & Film and Diversity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Amma Asante for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. Amma Asante generally travels from UK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ava DuVernay, Lena Waithe and Gina Prince-Bythewood. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Amma Asante for an upcoming event.
Where Hands Touch, Amma Asante's new movie that will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, will hit theaters September 14.
One could say that Amma Asante's latest, Where Hands Touch is part of a trilogy of films. Before the Holocaust drama starring Amandla Stenberg, she directed ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — British director Amma Asante knows how hard it is to get a costume drama off the ground — especially when it stars a black female ...
We are happy to assist you with your interest in booking a speaker or celebrity for your event, your organization, and the type of talent you would like to secure, and an agent will be in touch shortly.
Fill out the form below to or call us at 1-800-698-2536 if need immediate assistance.
I cannot say enough positive things about AAE Speakers Bureau. They were prompt in their responses, and were incredibly helpful with all of my questions and concerns. Their role in the planning process allowed for a smooth and successful event. It truly felt like they were invested in the event and wanted the best outcome for our organization.
- C. Gross, Target
We want to thank you for all your efforts to ensure the speaker's visit to Facebook was a success. Everything you did, all the communication and coordination you shared with us, led to an event that will no doubt be remembered by attendees for the rest of their lives. We are enormously grateful he was able to share his story with us.
- M. Piro, Facebook
The event was a strong success, and we are getting rave reviews from individuals all throughout the organization. Thank you for your support with booking and coordinating the speakers. You were very professional, customer service focused, and execution oriented. We appreciate your approach and look forward to the potential opportunity to work with AAE Speakers Bureau again.
- A. Yiadom, Pfizer
I have worked with many agencies to book guest speakers over the past 5 years. My experience with AAE has been the best. The website, search facilitation software, and speaker briefs were great. The follow-up and support from the sales agent and logistics manager were excellent. We will no doubt be in touch next year.
- K. Sanders, Coca Cola HBC
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your agency's incredible support in arranging for this event. I can say that our enthusiasm - which was already high - has now gone through the roof. The team at AAE has been essential in the process and are now heroes in our office.
- R. Douglas, University of Virginia
This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.
All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.