|The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers|
The BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) has revealed details of he events and screenings taking place across the UK. They include presentations of Stir Crazy in Belfast’s nineteenth century Crumlin Road Gaol, a drive-in screening of Blade in Bromsgrove, a Stormy Weather jive party in the Blackpool Winter Gardens, a Purple Rain Jam of the Year in Colston Hall in Bristol and a tour around Wales by The Proud Valley, complete with Welsh choirs performing live.
BLACK STAR will be available to audiences everywhere in the UK; in cinemas including BFI Southbank, on BBC Television, on DVD/Blu-ray and online via BFI Player.
Ben Luxford, head of UK wide audiences at the BFI, said: “FAN are a key partner for BFI BLACK STAR, bring big, bold and brilliant film events and screenings to audiences in every nation of the UK. Not only is BLACK STAR timely and important, it’ll also be fun and accessible, mixing traditional cinema screenings with house party weekenders in Bristol, a screening of Car Wash in a Sheffield Car Wash, and even a trip to jail with Richard Prior in Belfast. We’re eager to get going and bring BLACK STAR to new audiences all over the UK, giving them the chance to watch some classics and seek out many new discoveries.”
Highlights of the BLACK STAR programme
Picturehouse Cinemas presents: The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers (various locations and dates)
The Nicholas Brothers, Fayard and Harold, were considered to be among the greatest dancers of the 20th century, boasting fans from Gene Kelly and Bob Fosse to Mikhail Baryshnikov and Michael Jackson, who once had Fayard as a dance coach. The nationwide tour takes place at over 15 venues. The event will feature an compilation tribute hosted by Bruce Goldstein, director of repertory programming at Film Forum in New York, who produced a 1991 documentary on the brothers. The tour is a collage of home movies, photographs and film clips, and features routines in films such as Down Argentine Way, Sun Valley and Serenade. Supporting the tour will be screenings of a newly restored 4K DCP print of Stormy Weather (Andrew L Stone, 1943), in which the brothers starred in alongside Lena Horne, and features a dance sequence which Fred Astaire.
Picturehouse Cinemas presents: Sister Act Sing-a-long (various locations – Sunday 6 November)
Eighteen cinemas will screen an audience participation screenings of the classic comedy Sister Act (Emile Ardolino, 1992) starring Whoopi Goldberg in their regular Vintage Sundays strand on Sunday 6 November. Audience members will be encouraged to dress up and join in singing along to the fantastic soundtrack which includes ‘Rescue Me’, ‘Hail Holy Queen’, ‘My Guy, My God’ and ‘I Will Follow Him’.
Norman Jay (Tour, various locations and dates)
Live Cinema UK and Film Hub North will present a UK-wide film and music tour with DJ Norman Jay MBE. The tour will present screenings of some of his favourite films including Boyz in the Hood (John Singleton, 1991), In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967), Shaft (Gordon Parks, 1971) and To Sir, With Love (James Clavell, 1967). The events take place in London (28 Oct), Bristol (13 Nov), Leeds (10 Nov), Exeter (17 Nov) and Manchester (30 Nov).
East Midlands and East of England:
Presented by Film Hub Central East, led by Broadway, Nottingham
Music Hall of Fame, Broadway Nottingham (throughout November)
Broadway Nottingham will screen a selection of films with a music theme that connect with the rich, diverse music culture of Nottingham. There screenings of Boyz in the Hood (John Singleton, 1991), Mo’ Better Blues (Spike Lee, 1990), The Wiz (Sidney Lumet, 1979), Car Wash (Michael Schultz, 1976), Carmen Jones (Otto Preminger, 1954) and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (Bill Duke, 1993). Each event will focus on a different musical genre including Jazz, Hip Hop, Funk and Gospel, and will include live music after the screening.
Filmhouse Reggae Night, Errol Flynn Filmhouse Northampton (throughout November)
On Saturday 5 November, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse will host a reggae night with guest DJs in their underground studio and a screening of The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell, 1972), starring reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. Also screening in November will be other music-related films including The Bodyguard (Mick Jackson, 1992), Dreamgirls (Bill Condon, 2006) and Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli, 1984).
Presented by Film Hub London, led by Film London
A Celebration of Black Cinema, Genesis Cinema (throughout November)
The Genesis Cinema in Stepney Green will run two strands of programming as part of BLACK STAR: ICONS will feature cult and classic film and TV from around the world. The New School will celebrate emerging British and worldwide youth talent in the field of screen performance. Highlights of the programme include a Pam Grier double bill of Coffy (Jack Hill, 1973) and Foxy Brown (Jack Hill, 1974), a Nia Long double bill of Love Jones (Theodore Witcher, 1997) and The Best Man (Malcolm D Lee, 1999) and screenings of the documentary Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston, 1990).
Earl Cameron in conversation (BFI Southbank – Sunday 23 October)
The actor Earl Cameron CBE, acknowledged by many as one of the first African Caribbean screen actors to break the colour bar in the UK, will be the first person inducted in the Screen Nation Hall of Frame. Cameron has had a career spanning over 70 years, starring in over 90 films and TV productions, including the Ealing Studios thriller Pool of London (Basil Deardon, 1951).
A Season Celebrating Black Stars (Deptford Cinema – until December 3)
The Deptford Cinema will celebrate the success and acclaim of black stars including Sidney Poitier in In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967), Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball (Marc Forster, 2001) and Denzel Washington in Devil in a Blue Dress (Carl Franklin, 1995).
Presented by Film Hub Northern Ireland, led by Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast
Black Star, Queens Film Theatre Belfast (until the end of December)
Queens Film Theatre in Belfast will feature three strands as part of its BLACK STAR programming: All About Forest will be a focus on the award-winning actor Forest Whitaker, featuring screenings of Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Jim Jarmusch, 1999) and The Last King of Scotland (Kevin Macdonald, 2006); Music Icons will be a season of a great music films with iconic performances while Wild Styles will be a day of classic Hip Hop with DJs and performances in the QFT bar.
Belfast Film Festival (October and November)
BLACK STAR screenings will include a presentation of Stir Crazy (Sidney Poitier, 1990), starring Richard Pryor, in the Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast on Sunday 13 November. There will be a series celebrating Black Indie Cine Stars in beanbag cinema on Sundays throughout October and November, featuring films such as Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep (1978) and Ousmane Sembène’s Black Girl (1966).
North West of England:
Presented by Film Hub North West Central, led by HOME, Manchester.
BLACK STAR at HOME, Manchester (Friday 28 October until the end of November)
HOME will shine a light on black British talent who went on to achieve stardom and recognition for their electrifying performances including Ashley Walters in Bullet Boy (Saul Dibb, 2004) and Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sophie Okonedo in Dirty Pretty Things (Stephen Frears, 2002). There will also be screenings of the re-releases of Boyz in the Hood (John Singleton, 1991) and In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967).
Presented by Film Hub Scotland, led by Scottish Film
Document Film Festival’s Marlon Riggs Freaky Free: Retrospective (22-23 October)
Marlon Riggs’s legacy as poet, educator, gay rights activist and filmmaker will be maked by a series of screenings alongside creative poetic responses. His documentary Tongues Untied (1989) uses personal testimony, rap and performance to describe the homophobia and racism that confront gay men. Black is… Black Ain’t (1994), Riggs’ final film, explores the much-debated subject of black identity as well as his own quest for self-definition and community as he neared the end of his life.
Glasgow Women’s Library Celebrating Black On Screen Talent – various dates
Celebrating Black On Screen Talent invites audiences to watch and discuss with black female cultural figures films that have been intentionally selected for a wide audience: Akeeelah and the Bee (Doug Atchison, 2006), screening on Saturday 29 October, is a drama focusing on an 11-year-old’s struggle to overcome her insecurities; The Colour Purple (Steven Spielberg, 1985), screening on Tuesday 15 November, highlights the tale of an African-American woman who survives incredible abuse and bigotry; and Belle (Amma Asante, 2013), screening on Thursday 8 December, is inspired by the true story of an illegitimate mixed race daughter raised by the aristocrat that put an end to slavery in England.
Africa in Motion’s Nollywood Nights – 6 November
The Nollywood Nights strand, part of Africa in Motion Film Festival, offers the latest work from three of Nigeria’s most popular directors. The Champagne Room (Olumide Fadeyibi, 2016) is a Scottish/Nigerian co-production bringing together stories and real life experiences of domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking. A red carpet double bill, to be held at the Corinthian Club in Glasgow, starts with The Road to Yesterday (Ishaya Bako, 2015), a drama a couple’s troubled relationship. Kunle Afolayan’s pan-African drama The CEO (2016) sees five top-level employees vie to out-do one another in a bid to be selected for a top job.
South West and West Midlands:
Presented by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, led by Watershed, Bristol
Purple Rain Jam of the Year at Colston Hall (Sunday 13 November)
Prince’s quasi-autobiographical Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli, 1984) will be followed by a DJ set from DJ Norman Jay in the venue’s foyer.
Black Comedy House Party at Trinity Community Arts Bristol (Friday 4 November)
Come the Revolution will host a Black Comedy House Party double bill on Friday 4 November at Bristol’s Trinity Centre. I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (Keenen Ivory Wayans, 1988) and Coming to America (John Landis, 1988) will be screened before a 90s-themed music night hosted by several Bristol DJs.
Horror at the Drive-in, Artrix Bromsgrove (Sunday 30 October)
This Halloween Artrix in Bromsgrove will host a drive-in screening of Blade (Stephen Norrington, 1998), starring Wesley Snipes. Blade is one of the few titles in the Marvel universe to feature a leading black superhero. It stars Snipes as a half-mortal, half-vampire who fights to protect humans from sinister forces. Audiences are invited to dress up for an immersive horror experience offering guaranteed goosebumps.
BLACK STAR at mac Birmingham (Wednesday 26 October – Friday 30 December)
The Adrian Lester – Master of Contained Power Retrospective wll highlight the British actor’s career on screen and stage. It began at mac as a member of the Birmingham Youth Theatre based in the arts venue. The screenings will include films such as Primary Colours (Mike Nichols, 1998) and Jimi: All is by my Side (John Ridley, 2013). The From Comedy to Classics season will screen films with black leads, such as Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino, 1997), Attack the Block (Joe Cornish, 2011) and Carmen Jones (Otto Preminger, 1954).
Presented by Film Hub Wales, led by Chapter, Cardiff
Let Paul Robeson Sing! Chapter, Cardiff (Sunday 13 November and The Proud Valley tour)
Paul Robeson’s impact on Welsh life will be celebrated in Cardiff and Welsh mining communities (Pontio Bangor, Welfare Ystragynlais, Newbridge Memo, Gwyn Hall and Phoenix Community Cinema and Theatre) with screenings of The Proud Valley (Pen Tennyson, 1940), which was filmed on location in the Rhondda Valley coalfields. The screening in Cardiff, from newly re-mastered material, will be followed by a panel discussion exploring Robeson’s impact on Welsh life, politics and black communities. It will feature a performance from the Cor Cochion choir.
Yorkshire and the North East:
Presented by Film Hub North, led by Showroom, Sheffield
BLACK STAR at Sensoria, Sheffield (October – November)
The Sensoria festival of music, film and digital media will include several BLACK STAR events, including an immersive screening of Car Wash (Michael Schultz, 1976) starring Richard Pryor at a disused Sheffield car wash. Also part of Sensoria will be a focus on Blaxplotation films such as Shaft (Gordon Parks, 1971) and Cleopatra Jones (Jack Starrett, 1973). There will also be Hip Hop Pop Up Breakin Beats and Street Eats on Sunday 6 November, which features screenings such as the documentary Wild Style (Charlie Ahearn, 1983).