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Black Star Season Comes to Bristol, Oct – Dec

aqwat058-bfi-blackstar-a5-leaflet_v4-1Prince’s Purple Rain to be shown in Bristol as part of British Film Institute’s BLACK STAR season

As part of the British Film Institute (BFI) BLACK STAR season, some of the best films starring black actors will be shown in Bristol between October and December, including a special showing of Purple Rain, featuring Prince, followed by a BLACK STAR themed DJ set from DJ Norman Jay MBE at Colston Hall on Sunday 13th November.

The BFI’s BLACK STAR season will be the UK’s biggest ever programme of film and television celebrating the range and power of black actors. Involving special events at cinemas and other venues throughout country, the season will explore the relationship between the stars and the audiences who look up to them.


The iconic quasi-autobiographical film which stars Prince in his acting debut, Purple Rain will be screened at Colston Hall on 13th November followed by a DJ set from legendary British DJ Norman Jay MBE in the venue’s Foyer. “Stars Become Stars”, will focus on music biopics including What’s Love Got To Do With It, the story of Tina Turner and Dreamgirls – a story taking us back to the 60s and 70s in the eyes of one Detroit girl group starring Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson. The story of the rise of breakthrough rap act NWA in Straight Outta Compton, plus 90’s Hip Hop in the Cafe/Bar from 10 – 11pm with DJ Style, ‘Bird’ starring Forest Whitaker as jazz visionary Charlie Parker and Jimi: All By My Side, an absorbing and provocative original portrait of Jimi Hendrix as fledgling legend will all be screened at the Watershed.

Also at The Watershed, Stars Under The Radar will look at exceptional films and standout acting performances which did not get the recognition they deserved. Jackie Brown, the Quentin Tarantino movie starring Pam Grier and The Color Purple by Steven Spielberg, starring Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg, are just two of the films that will be shown.

Laughter will be the order of the day at Bristol’s Trinity Centre hosting a House Party Comedy Double-bill on the 4th and 5th December. 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 which will be screened before a 90s-themed music night hosted by some of Bristol’s best DJs.

BLACK STAR will also feature one off events such as The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers, a unique compilation of rarely seen home movies, photographs and film clips of two of the greatest dancers of all time and another chance to join DJ Norman Jay MBE for a screening of the Sidney Poitier classic To Sir, With Love.



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