Vintage Sundays Presents: Black History Month - Picturehouse Spotlight

Vintage Sundays Presents: Black History Month

This October, celebrate Black History Month with the best of black cinema.

October marks Black History Month in the UK, and from Sunday the 13th, Picturehouse will celebrate the best of black cinema with a series of Vintage Sundays screenings! Check out the full line-up for the season below:


Do The Right Thing – Sun 13 Oct

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What begins as an uproarious comedy evolves into a provocative, disquieting drama as director Spike Lee chronicles trivial events that bring festering racial tensions to the surface on a sweltering day in a largely black Brooklyn neighborhood. After a number of minor misunderstandings — and an effort to boycott the local pizza parlor — a young man (Bill Nunn) lies dead, the pizzeria lies in ashes, and the racial schism is wider than ever.

Presented in partnership with EMPIRE Magazine as part of joint 30th anniversary celebrations and The Criterion Collection.

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To Kill A Mockingbird – Sun 20 Oct

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Gregory Peck won an Oscar for his brilliant performance as the Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape in this film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The way in which it captures a time, a place, and above all, a mood, makes this film a masterpiece. The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him except Atticus Finch, the town’s most distinguished citizen. His compassionate defense costs him many friendships, but earns him the respect and admiration of his two motherless children.

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To Sleep With Anger – Sun 27 Oct

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A slow-burning masterwork of the early 1990s, this third feature by Charles Burnett is a singular piece of American mythmaking. In a towering performance, Danny Glover plays the enigmatic southern drifter Harry, a devilish charmer who turns up out of the blue on the South Central Los Angeles doorstep of his old friends. In short order, Harry’s presence seems to cast a chaotic spell on what appeared to be a peaceful household, exposing smouldering tensions between parents and children, tradition and change, virtue and temptation. Interweaving evocative strains of gospel and blues with rich, poetic-realist images, To Sleep with Anger is a sublimely stirring film from an autonomous artistic sensibility, a portrait of family resilience steeped in the traditions of African American mysticism and folklore.

Presented in partnership with The Criterion Collection.

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Hoop Dreams + Q&A – From October 25

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AR State Univ. student Arthur Agee (R), subject of documentary film Hoop Dreams, dribbling basketball while unident. Univ. AR-Little Rock student guards him during game. (Photo by Steve Kagan/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Filmed over nearly five years, with unprecedented access, Hoop Dreams, directed by Steve James and produced by James, Peter Gilbert and Frederick Marx, chronicles the lives of Arthur Agee and William Gates, two inner-city teenagers from Chicago. Through their skills on the basketball court they struggle to escape their surroundings and realize their dreams of making it to the NBA.

These screenings will be followed by Q&As, with guests as follows:

Fri Oct 25 – Hackney Picturehouse, London – Q&A with director Steve James

Sat Oct 26 – Ritzy Picturehouse, London – Q&A with director Steve James

Sun Oct 27 – Picturehouse Central, London – Q&A with director Steve James

Mon Oct 28 – Bromley Picturehouse, London – Q&A with producer Peter Gilbert

Tues Oct 29 – Cameo, Edinburgh – Q&A with producer Frederick Marx

Wed Oct 30 – City Screen, York – Q&A with producer Peter Gilbert

Wed Oct 30 – Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool – Q&A with director Steve James

Sun 3 Nov – Crouch End Picturehouse, London – Q&A with producer Frederick Marx

Mon 4 Nov – Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge – Q&A with producer Frederick Marx


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