If Beale Street Could Talk

Director: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Regina King, Stephen James, KiKi Layne
Duration: 119 min

Adapted from James Baldwin’s powerful novel by Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk is a lyrical celebration of love, both familial and romantic, told through the prism of a young African-American couple’s struggle for justice in 1970s Harlem. At the centre of the story is Tish, a newly engaged woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child to term.

Jenkins’ elegant third feature sings with soulful performances from a largely unknown cast, and paints a wonderful portrait of New York against a backdrop of social change and injustice. It’s a dreamy, sometimes heartbreaking tale of love against impossible odds, and a timely reminder that compassion can be a force of nature.

7.9/10 36 ratings.

General admission screenings

Mon 25th Feb
Wed 27th Feb
12.15 17.40
Thu 28th Feb

Club and Group screenings

Tue 26th Feb 12.50 Audio Described: Everyone welcome. Audio Description is available for this film, and is undetectable to anyone not wearing a headset HOH Subtitled: This screening has subtitles for people with hearing loss

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