Throughout the month of November BanterFlix will be screening films as part of the BFI’s Black Star Season, a nationwide celebration of the range, versatility and power of iconic black actors and directors within cinema’s rich history. We’ll be celebrating the work of Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg and Amma Asante.
Eddie Murphy Night at the Hudson
First up on Wednesday 9th November at the Hudson Bar we’ll be screening Walter Hill’s 48 Hrs. a film which was a real breakthrough for Murphy , at the time it marked his cinematic debut and he would go on to receive a Golden Globe Award-nomination for his performance. 48 Hrs. was one of the genre defining buddy cop dramas that’s held together by the great onscreen chemistry between it’s two leading men.
Sister Act at 101
On Saturday 19th November we’ll be putting on a very special screening of Sister Act at 101 Donegall Street, otherwise known as Redeemer Central. This special screening will be preceeded by a live performance from the Sing for Life Gospel Choir. Undoubtedly one of Whoopi Goldberg’s best loved roles, Sister Act was one of the most financially successful comedies of the early 1990s and has recently been adapted into a Broadway Musical.
Belle at the Strand
On Sunday 20th November they’ll be screening Amma Asante’s fantastic period drama Belle. Championed by BBC film Critic Mark Kermode, Belle was a huge breakthrough for writer/director Amma Asante, whose latest feature A United Kingdom recently opened this year’s BFI London Film Festival. This screening will be preceded by a short talk by local Film Historian Robert J E Simpson who will be discussing some of the major breakthroughs for black actors and directors within Cinematic history.
Richard Pryor Night at the Hudson
Finally on Wednesday 23rd November, we’ll screen Arthur Hiller’s See No Evil, Hear no Evil as we celebrate the work of Richard Pryor. The third film to untie Wilder and Pryor, who had previously appeared together in Silver Streak (1976) and Stir Crazy (1980), this film sees Pryor playing a blind man and Wilder a deaf man who work together to thwart a trio of murderous thieves.