Dope Black Dads at Hackney Picturehouse - Picturehouse Spotlight

Dope Black Dads at Hackney Picturehouse

Picturehouse are thrilled to be working with Dope Black Dads on a series of family friendly screenings and talks at Hackney Picturehouse.

Dope Black Dads is an ever-growing community of black dads who have come together to challenge common negative stereotypes around black fathers, share progressive discussion around parenting and support one another, discussing the highs and lows of what it means to be a black father in today’s society.

Hackney Picturehouse are pleased to present a season of screenings in partnership with Dope Black Dads. Hosted and curated by Dope Black Dads’ founder Marvyn Harrison, these family friendly screenings will feature an introduction from Marvyn, a screening of a great family film, and a post film discussion. The films have all been chosen by Dope Black Dads.

You can see all films coming up in the season below, and you can book tickets here. Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for children under 15.

The films we are showing over the next few months are…

Sun 19 May, 10.45

Coco (PG)


Director: Lee Unkrich,Adrian Molina. Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt (voice) 1951. 110min.

With big dreams of becoming a musician, 12-year-old guitarist Miguel sets out to solve the mystery behind his family’s age-old ban on music. His adventures take him and his trusty dog Dante to the dazzlingly colourful Land of the Dead. Here, the young hero is met by a trickster skeleton Héctor, and together they work hard to lift the musical curse. But will Miguel manage to make it back to the real world intact and will he solve the ancestral mystery? Pixar brings us another stunning family animation, masterfully directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina. This time it’s Day of the Dead-themed and packed with magical skeletons, vibrant Mexican tradition, mischievous dogs and raucous celebrations. A truly captivating coming-of-age film with the family and a sense of humour at its heart.

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Sun 16 Jun, 10.45

Karate Kid (2010) (PG)

Karate Kid (2010)

Director: Harald Zwart. Starring: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson, Tess Liu. 2010. 137min.

As the ’80s remakes continue to come thick and fast, THE KARATE KID emerges as a fan favourite that doesn’t desecrate the fond memory of the original. As a modern-day reimagining aimed at a new generation of cinemagoers as well as the first film’s loyal cult fan-base, THE KARATE KID sees Jaden Smith inherit the belt as the eponymous martial arts apprentice, Dre Parker. Here he seeks to master the ancient art of kung fu after relocating to China following his mother’s career change. Being raised on the mean streets of Detroit, Dre finds it difficult to adapt to his new surroundings, but the wise and kindly Mr Han soon sets him on the right path.

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Sun 14 Jul, 10.45

Inside Out (U)

Inside Out

Director: Ronnie Del Carmen,Pete Docter. Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Richard Kind. 2015. 102min.

Five of them – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – compete over how best to help her deal with the challenges of a new life. When Sadness and Joy get lost in Riley’s mind, they must trek through Imagination Land, Subconscious and Dream Productions to find their way back and stop the other emotions taking over. This magical and heartfelt film from director and co-writer Pete Docter (Up, Monsters Inc.) will intrigue and entertain audiences of all ages with its psychedelic visioning, sharp script and abundant sight gags.

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Sun 18 Aug

The Princess And The Frog (U)

The Princess And The Frog

Director: Ron Clements,John Musker. Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Bruno Campos, John Goodman, Terrence Howard, Angela Bassett, Oprah Winfrey. 2009. 95min.

Loosely based on E. D. Baker’s story The Frog Princess, Disney’s 49th animated feature harked back to the studio’s traditional hand-drawn animation and the golden age of its fairy tales, but starred an African-American princess for the first time. This joyous Broadway-style musical, set in the French Quarter of 1920s New Orleans and the bayous of Louisiana, rekindled cinemagoers’ love affair with classic Disney animation. But heroine Tiana is a princess with a difference: a spirited and independent girl not looking to be rescued by any princes. Instead, she sets about working hard to make her dream of opening her own restaurant a reality.

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Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

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