Join Pictureville Cinema this October in celebrating Black History Month with a curated selection of bold and innovative films from black creatives.
The diverse range of films encompasses genres from horror to romance, offering incisive social commentary and introducing an exciting new generation of black filmmakers who challenge conventional perceptions of genre cinema.
This season has been curated in collaboration with Lucas Bywater, a film student and programmer hailing from Bradford.
Dates: 4, 6, 10, 17, 19 October 2023
Duration: 120 minutes
This Canadian drama spanning decades chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Francis and Michael, two sons of Caribbean immigrants.
Set against the backdrop of 1981, 1991, and 2001, this emotional drama narrates the tale of a Canadian-Jamaican family. Francis, robust and self-assured, stands in stark contrast to his meek and reserved brother, Michael. The brothers confront tragedy and violence as they navigate a turbulent and biased world.
Clement Virgo’s film is a poetic and exquisitely captured reflection on love and loss, earning the moniker ‘the Canadian Moonlight’ from The Guardian.
Director: Clement Virgo
Cast: Lamar Johnson, Aaron Pierre, Marsha Stephanie Blake
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (15)
Date: Thursday 12 October 2023
Duration: 107 minutes
Cassius “Cash” Green leads a monotonous life, working as a telemarketer and residing in his uncle’s garage with his girlfriend. When a colleague suggests using his ‘White Voice’ to boost sales, Cash catapults into immense success. As he ascends through the ranks, Cash stumbles upon shocking revelations about his employers.
Boots Riley’s debut feature, Sorry To Bother You, is a vibrant and audacious comedy that careens from one memorable set piece to the next with astonishing unpredictability.
Director: Boots Riley
Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Terry Crews
Date: Wednesday 18 October 2023
Duration: 106 minutes
This acclaimed romantic drama spans decades, chronicling a young man’s arduous coming of age.
The film traverses three stages in the life of Chiron, a young black man grappling with bullying and neglect in a deprived Miami neighbourhood. Taken under the wing of a caring neighbour, Chiron endeavors to make sense of his burgeoning sexuality.
The unforgettable winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2016, Moonlight is a timeless and poignant romance, employing exquisite cinematography and tender performances to deliver a touching drama about masculinity and love.
Director: Barry Jenkins
Cast: Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, Mahershala Ali
Date: Wednesday 25 October 2023
Duration: 93 minutes
This empowering and uplifting drama captures a few tumultuous days in the life of a teenage girl in London.
Rocks (Bukky Bakray) is a 15-year-old East Londoner living with her young brother and mother. When she returns home one day to find her mum gone, Rocks must take charge of the situation and rally her friends for all the help she can get – or face being taken into care.
Featuring a host of upcoming British stars and with a sharp script from Nigerian-British playwright Theresa Ikoko and TV writer Claire Wilson, Rocks is a joyous coming of age tale about the resilience of youth.
Director: Sarah Gavron
Cast: Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D’Angelou Osei Kissiedu
GET OUT (15)
Date: Monday 30 October 2023
Duration: 100 minutes
This gripping psychological horror follows a young black man who stumbles upon unimaginable horrors during a visit to his white girlfriend’s family.
After dating for some time, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is finally invited to meet his girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) parents. As the trip begins to take increasingly sinister turns, Chris uncovers shocking secrets and realises that it may be too late to get out.
An instant horror classic, Get Out propelled writer-director Jordan Peele and lead Daniel Kaluuya to stardom and received rave reviews for its blend of dark humour, shocking horror, and timely social commentary.
Director: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford