Hoop Dreams + Live Q&A with Director Steve James

Duration: 206 min

We’re thrilled to welcome director Steve James for a live post-screening Q&A to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this seminal film.

Of the 500,000 kids who play basketball in American high school every year, about 25 will make the grade to play one season professionally. Steven James’ extraordinary and entertaining HOOP DREAMS documents the lives and dreams of two real-life hopefuls growing up in a deprived Chicago suburb, charting an odyssey that begins when two teenagers are spotted by recruiters for St. Joseph’s, a Catholic ‘public school’ and powerhouse of basketball prowess, to the time, four-and-a half years later, when they’re on the threshold of uncertain careers.

More than a sports-documentary, HOOP DREAMS captures the gut-wrenching tension of vocational sport but devotes equal concern to adolescent uncertainties, family pressures and the bleak realities of inner city life.

The late Roger Ebert was famously an early advocate for this film and said in an October 1994 review, “A film like Hoop Dreams is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and makes us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself… It is one of the great movie-going experiences of my lifetime.”

Club and Group screenings

Sun 27th Oct 18.00 True Stories: - A season of films exploring true stories: from individuals challenging society’s dominant cultural and political stories, no matter the risk to their own liberty; looking in from the outside at those seeking to sow stories of fear; artists telling stories on film, canvas and landscapes; and stories of death-defying courage in acts from the pioneering to the everyday. Playing across all Picturehouse cinemas from June to September.

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