Stars Become Stars

Stars Become Stars

Black Star

Season

Please note: this season finished in Nov 2016

Musicians have long been a favourite subject for movies and many an actor has thought about being a rock star. Come The Revolution (a collective of curators, programmers and creatives from Bristol/Birmingham committed to exploring black life, experience and cultural expression through cinema) take a closer look at the importance of the music biopic in the creation of on screen black stardom in this series of late night events taking in the biggest stars of jazz, soul, rock, funk and hip hop.

Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson fight it out in the Oscar®-winning Dreamgirls (loosely based on Diana Ross and The Supremes), Forest Whitaker radiates as be-bop pioneer Charlie "Bird" Parker, the young actors in Straight Outta Compton capture the lightning-in-a-bottle vitality of their N.W.A counterparts, Angela Bassett goes river deep and mountain high as Tina Turner and, more recently, boundary breaking Andre Benjamin (aka Outkast's Andre 3000) gives an electrifying performance of (in his own words) "the coolest guy in the world" Jimi Hendrix.

Meanwhile, over at Colston Hall, we celebrate Prince's fantasy riff on his own life which catapulted the already successful music star to movie superstardom: yes, that's right, let's get funky at Purple Rain + Jam of the Year with a Norman Jay MBE DJ set. The music is glorious, the Revolution is sexy and the late Prince is still the ultimate can't-take-your-eyes-off-him star.

Ticket prices: £9.00 full / £6.50 concessions / £4.50 24 and under.

Presented by Come the Revolution and Ujima Radio as part of

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These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.


Previous screenings & events in this season

Jimi: All Is By My Side

 Classified 15  Stars Become Stars
All Is By My Side
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2016
Film + Event
An absorbing, provocative and wholly original portrait of Jimi Hendrix as fledgling legend, John Ridley's (screenwriter of 12 Years A Slave) directorial debut features Outkast's André Benjamin as the supremely gifted young guitarist in the throes of self discovery.

Tina: What’s Love Got to Do With It

 Classified 18  Stars Become Stars
What’s Love Got to Do with it
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2016
Film + Event
Tina Turner's story is like the song: river deep, mountain high - a tale of ambition, talent, desire; drugs, violence and despair. This unflinching biopic lets you experience the highs and lows of her life, from church choir girl to her meteoric rise to stardom and turbulent marriage to Ike.
Purple Rain + Jam of the Year at Colston Hall
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2016
Event
Join us for a Colston Hall tribute to the ultimate sexy MF take over, a purple people party with pre-film delights, a screening of 1984 classic Purple Rain, and an after party with a DJ set from the legendary Norman Jay MBE.

Straight Outta Compton

 Classified 15  Stars Become Stars
Straight Outta Compton
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2016
Film + Event
The streets in 1980s Compton were some of the most dangerous in America. When five young men (including Dr. Dre, Easy E and Ice Cube) translated their experiences into rebellious rhymes, they put their anger into the most powerful weapon they had: their music.

Bird

 Classified 15  Stars Become Stars
Bird
Please note: This was screened in Oct 2016
Film + Event
Forest Whitaker gives a tour de force performance as jazz visionary Charlie "Bird" Parker, bringing out all the triumphs and tragic dimensions of the saxophonist's life to the screen from the agony of addiction to the ecstacy of music-driven redemption.
Dreamgirls Party: Soul Sister No.1
Please note: This event took place in Oct 2016
Event
To celebrate the start of Black Star let's get in the Motown mood with this special Dreamgirls after party featuring some fierce female voices from Bristol.

Dreamgirls

 Classified 12A  Stars Become Stars
Dream Girls
Please note: This was screened in Oct 2016
Film + Event
Established soulstress Beyoncé and Oscar®-winning newcomer Jennifer Hudson fight it out for lead vocals in this all-star diva-thon based on the award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Followed by live music from some of Bristol's most talented R&B singers.