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.”

Discussion Details:
Hackney- Fri 25 Oct, 7pm: Extended introduction by Karen Alexander (Curator). Book Tickets.
Ritzy - Sat 26 Oct, 5pm: Hosted by Karen Alexander (Curator) in conversation with Anthony Andrews (We are Parable). Book Tickets
Central - Sun 27 Oct, 6pm: Hosted by Anthony Andrews (We are Parable) in conversation with Sam Neter (Hoopsfix). Book Tickets.

  • Release Date :
  • 01 Aug 2019
  • Certificate :
  • 12A
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