The Outsiders? review: Unfiltered picture of succeeding as a black star


Mo Gilligan, Ncuti Gatwa, Leigh-Anne Pinnock

The Outsiders? a brand-new documentary featuring the best notable names in black talent (Picture:SF)

Are we all created equal? One of the many questions asked by award-winning director and photographer Simon Frederick in his latest up-close and personal documentary, airing on YouTube Originals, The Outsiders?.

The emotional yet light-hearted series portrays an honest account of the lives of some of the world’s leading black talent, as well as providing a raw account of how their skin colour has left them feeling marginalised by society.

These artists, creatives, and leaders have overcome adversity to become powerhouses in their chosen fields, against the odds.

We see a high-profile cast of young black trailblazers like Radio 1 DJ and former Strictly Come Dancing star Clara Amfo, Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa take the lead in telling their version of events on a society that initially rejected them, fighting against social norms and overcoming adversity to become the leading light of their generation. 

Breakout star Ncuti is adored as the loveable Eric Effiong on the hit show Sex Education, however, in The Outsiders? he discusses how growing up black in Scotland left him feeling confused in his identity, and how twerking in his Sex Education audition changed his life forever.

Elsewhere, singer Leigh-Anne speaks out about the endless micro-aggressions she has endured since being in Little Mix and recalls how her earliest childhood memory of racism left her feeling distraught at nine years old.

Leigh-Anne Pinnock

Leigh-Anne Pinnock is one of the notable names in the brand-new docuseries (Picture: SF)

The performer admitted to feeling scared to speak up about race out of fear of offending people and losing her fans.

Throughout the series, each cast member will take a seat on Simon’s infamous Griots box sharing ideas, experiences, and memories through their own personal stories.

The stars get real in revealing their truth on the themes that emerge throughout the show, telling the stories and explaining what it means to be a young black visionary, and how they are shaping the future.

Ncuti Gatwa

Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa provides fans insight to growing up black in Scotland

Anyone who remembers feeling like an outcast in secondary school will gravitate and appreciate The Outsiders? as it emphasises the beauty of excellence like no other.

It also explores the struggles the contributors faced at the beginning of their careers, such as overcoming battles with self-identity and racial stereotypes.


While many viewers may not understand the harsh realities these young stars had to fight, there is a relatable and emotional insight into perseverance and finding your voice after years of silence.

The Outsiders? is available to watch on YouTube Originals.

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