BLACK STAR champions the achievements of black stars from the earliest years of cinema through to the present day, whilst exploring why opportunities to shine on screen have been historically limited for black actors.
BLACK STAR celebrates films that feature black actors in central roles, bringing their work to a new generation of UK audiences and helping to reposition them and their performances in our collective memory. BLACK STAR will be available to audiences everywhere in the UK; in cinemas including BFI Southbank, on BBCTelevision, on DVD/Blu-ray and online via BFI Player from 17 October – 31 December, with further projects planned to celebrate the contribution of black practitioners working across film and TV in the coming years.
Here at BFF we invite you, as part of the BFI’s Blackstar Season to:
STAND UP FOR…
classic stand-up artists with 4 of the greatest filmed stand up routines presented in the Black Box. Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock’s filmed concerts will be screened in the perfect environment for a stand up gig. On Sale Monday 10th October
GO STIR CRAZY AT CRUMLIN ROAD GAOL…
Join Wilder and Pryor at the top of their respective games at the CRG, Early November.
Wilder & Pryor are perfect as a pair of joint losers who approach each scenario with a mixture of anxiety, fear, and clueless, go-for-broke insanity. From Skip giddily riding a mechanical bull in the prison warden’s office—which convinces the chief to have the prisoner compete at the upcoming rodeo competition—to Harry vainly trying to take a sip of water from a sieve-like ladle, Stir Crazy is a series of vignettes tethered together by the loopy shenanigans of its stars. On Sale Monday 10th October
COSY UP AT THE BEANBAG FOR…
…a series of classics and masterpieces- including the observant, dryly comic sci-fi gem Brother From Another Planet, forgotten 70’s masterpiece Killer Of Sheep, the banned autobiographical fantasia The Spook Who Sat by the Door, a compelling – and crucially relevant- tale of mistaken identities and police corruption, Cornbread, Earl and Me and last but not least the pioneering 1966 film, Black Girl– widely recognized as one of the founding works of African cinema. On Sale NOW
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