09 Aug 19
October marks Black History Month in the UK, and from Sunday the 13th, Picturehouse will celebrate the best of black cinema with a series of Vintage Sundays screenings! Check out the full line-up for the season below:
Sat 12 Oct Black Panther
Sun 13 Oct Do the Right Thing
Tue 15 Oct What You Gonna do when the World is on Fire
Sun 20 Oct To Kill a Mockingbird
Sun 20 Oct Hero + Q&A
Tue 22 Oct Miles Davis - The Birth of Cool
Sun 27 Oct To Sleep with Anger
What begins as an uproarious comedy evolves into a provocative, disquieting drama as director Spike Lee chronicles trivial events that bring festering racial tensions to the surface on a sweltering day in a largely black Brooklyn neighborhood. After a number of minor misunderstandings -- and an effort to boycott the local pizza parlor -- a young man (Bill Nunn) lies dead, the pizzeria lies in ashes, and the racial schism is wider than ever.
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A slow-burning masterwork of the early 1990s, this third feature by Charles Burnett is a singular piece of American mythmaking. In a towering performance, Danny Glover plays the enigmatic southern drifter Harry, a devilish charmer who turns up out of the blue on the South Central Los Angeles doorstep of his old friends. In short order, Harry's presence seems to cast a chaotic spell on what appeared to be a peaceful household, exposing smouldering tensions between parents and children, tradition and change, virtue and temptation. Interweaving evocative strains of gospel and blues with rich, poetic-realist images, To Sleep with Anger is a sublimely stirring film from an autonomous artistic sensibility, a portrait of family resilience steeped in the traditions of African American mysticism and folklore.
Filmed over nearly five years, with unprecedented access, Hoop Dreams, directed by Steve James and produced by James, Peter Gilbert and Frederick Marx, chronicles the lives of Arthur Agee and William Gates, two inner-city teenagers from Chicago. Through their skills on the basketball court, they struggle to escape their surroundings and realize their dreams of making it to the NBA.
These screenings will be followed by Q&As, with guests as follows:
Fri Oct 25 - Hackney Picturehouse, London - Q&A with director Steve James
Sat Oct 26 - Ritzy Picturehouse, London - Q&A with director Steve James
Sun Oct 27 - Picturehouse Central, London - Q&A with director Steve James
Mon Oct 28 - Bromley Picturehouse, London - Q&A with producer Peter Gilbert
Tue Oct 29 - Cameo, Edinburgh - Q&A with producer Frederick Marx
Wed Oct 30 - City Screen, York - Q&A with producer Peter Gilbert
Wed Oct 30 - Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool - Q&A with director Steve James
Sun 3 Nov - Crouch End Picturehouse, London - Q&A with producer Frederick Marx
Mon 4 Nov - Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge - Q&A with producer Frederick Marx
Over half the programme is captioned (films and Q&As) in an effort to welcome more D/deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.
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