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Film Night: Ghost Dog – The Way of the Samurai (Black Star Series) + DJ Moonmonkey Set
19/01/2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Our next event in the weekly Regather Film Night is part of the BFI’s Black Star series, the UK’s biggest ever season of film dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors in some of the finest performances ever committed to film.The season puts stars of the past and present back on the big screen, recognising the vital role black actors have played in the history of cinema.
Drawing on the pioneering performances of the earlier days of cinema (The Proud Valley), through overlooked masterpieces (Nothing But a Man), to modern day classics (The Color Purple, Glory), Black Star showcases the work of actors classic and contemporary, from early pioneer Dorothy Dandridge to icons like Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Robeson and Denzel Washington.
Crossing genres, generations and the Atlantic, BFI Black Star celebrates performances that will inspire audiences and champions films that deserve to burn long in the memory. Read more at https://www.bfi.org.uk/
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
This surreal and stylish fable stars the imposing Forest Whitaker, a genuinely unique screen presence, as an unlikely modern samurai and hitman who finds himself marked for death by the mafia. Ghost Dog is a meditative, alienated presence, deploying violence only according to the strict codes of the samurai. When a hit goes wrong, he must avenge himself by tackling the mafia’s worst men. Blessed with stunning cinematography from Robby Müller and a brilliant original score from Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA (who also cameos), this is an intoxicating and strangely moving fusion of gangsta, gangster and ninja worlds. Quirky, contemplative and at times absurd, it is just the kind of offbeat vision we have come to expect from the fiercely independent Jim Jarmusch (Stranger than Paradise, Dead Man).
Plus Hip Hop & Wu Tang Clan inspired set from DJ Moonmonkey.
We’ll be running alongside in the bar sets from Sheffields finest Djs before and after the film.
This event is part of the BFI’s BLACK STAR season, taking place UK-wide, supported by Film Hub North, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.