Stars Under The Radar

Stars Under The Radar

Black Star

Season

Please note: this season finished in Nov 2016

Quality and celebrity do not always go hand in glove - this is true for any art form. Lacking bankable appeal, peaking too early or too late, hidden in niche projects whatever the reason there are Black Stars of outstanding quality whose work is widely admired by their peers but who fall in out and out of popular consciousness. This season of Sunday Brunches gives you a chance to relive and discover some of the best loved performers and performances that have graced the big screen.

More than an ass kicking under-dressed Blaxploitation heroine, Pam Grier proved she was a consummate actress in the role of Jackie Brown - one Tarantino's finest moments in large part due to her performance. Actor and director Forrest Whitaker is the master of reinvention so much so he is often forgotten and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai captures hip-hop's fascination with samurai culture. She is widely remembered for her comedic roles, but Whoopi Goldberg stunned audiences with her authentic recreation of Ms Sealey in the film version of the Alice Walker classic The Color Purple. Before Eddie Murphy, or Chris Rock, there was Richard Pryor. Pryor understood the power of comedy to say the unsayable about race, sex, class and Blue Collar is one of his earlier, less known, works which displays the actor in one of his more versatile roles.

Tickets: £6.50 full / £4.50 concessions and 24 and under. Get £1.00 off meals over £7.00 in the Café/Bar on the same day with your ticket.

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 in this season

Blue Collar

 Classified 18  Stars Under The Radar
Blue Collar
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2016
Film
Richard Pryor is a revelation in a rare dramatic performance as a rabble-rousing union man in Paul Schrader's sharp, insightful look at class, race and male camaraderie in 1970s Detroit.

The Color Purple

 Classified 15  Stars Under The Radar
The Colour Purple
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2016
Film
Adapted from Alice Walker's celebrated and hard-hitting Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Steven Spielberg's impressive, dignified film was monumental for black stardom, launching the careers of Whoopi Goldberg and a pre-TV-fame Oprah Winfrey.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

 Classified 15  Stars Under The Radar
Ghost Dog
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2016
Film
Jim Jarmusch's surreal and stylish hitman tale stars the imposing Forest Whitaker as Ghost Dog, a self-taught pigeon-loving samurai hitman who lives by a strict code of honour inspired by ancient Japanese traditions, but finds himself marked for death by the mafia.

Jackie Brown

 Classified 15  Stars Under The Radar
Jackie Brown
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2016
Film
Blaxploitation Queen Pam Grier stars as an air hostess who hatches a plan to outwit both the police and her criminal cohorts in Quentin Tarantino's postmodern classic.