A SERIES of films starring black actors will be shown in Bristol as part of the British Film Institute BLACK STAR season.
Purple Rain, starring Prince, at the Colston Hall is likely to be one of the highlights.
The BLACK STAR season will be the UK’s biggest ever programme of film and television celebrating work from black actors, and will include events at the Watershed and Trinity Centre.
Purple Rain, the film which saw Prince, who died earlier this year, make his acting debut will be shown at the Colston Hall on Sunday November 13.
Legendary British DJ Norman Jay MBE will play a set in the Colston Hall foyer once the film has finished.
The BLACK STAR season kicks off in Bristol on Friday October 21 at The Watershed with Dreamgirls, with Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson playing a Detroit girl group back in the 1960s and 70s.
A live performances from brilliant Bristol singer Kizzy Morrell and Britain’s answer to the Dreamgirls – Soul Supremes – will be added treats on the night.
Also showing at The Watershed will be Boyz N The Hood, the story of gang culture in South Central Los Angeles, and Bird, the film in which Forest Whitaker played jazz legend Charlie Parker.
Stars Under the Radar at The Watershed will look at exceptional films and standout acting performances which did not get the recognition they deserved.
These include Jackie Brown, the Quentin Tarantino movie starring Pam Grier and The Color Purple by Steven Spielberg, starring Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg.
Laughter will be the order of the day at Bristol’s Trinity Centre, which will host a House Party Comedy Double-bill on December 4 and 5.
Audiences are invited to come and experience funny films starring comedy geniuses Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Isaac Hayes, Eddie Murphy, Jim Brown and Kadeem Hardison in I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Car Wash and Coming to America.
A 90s-themed music night hosted by some of Bristol’s best DJs will start once the films have finished.
The BLACK STAR programme in Bristol is a collaboration between the BFI, Bristol-based collective Come The Revolution and Film Hub South West and West Midlands (SWWM).
For a full programme and more information see the BLACK STAR website
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Boyz N The Hood at The Watershed:
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