Arts & Culture

BFI London Film Festival: ‘Lovers Rock’ by Steve McQueen

5:15 pm - 6:25 pm | 18 October 2020
BFI Southbank | Free

Another in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe collection of vivid memories, political indictments and historical artefacts depicting Black West Indian presence in London.

In this edition, it’s a Saturday sometime in the 80s, Samson preps his sound system for Blues dance while Martha shimmies down her drainpipe, and Franklin, drenched in Brut, is primed to steal a heart.

Red Stripe costs a pound, sweat drips from the walls as hips lock to the rhythm of lovers’ rock, and souls are possessed by dub vibrations. McQueen’s roving camera and luminous cast spread out and fill the screen. Inviting us to remember, not so much the good times, as the spectres of racism and violence loom, but the risk and reward of letting go for a night.

Executive Producers Tracey Scoffield, David Tanner, Steve McQueen, Lucy Richer, Rose Garnett.

Written by Courttia Newland and Steve McQueen.

Featuring Amarah-Jae St Aubyn, Michael Ward, Shaniqua Okwok, Kedar Williams-Stirling.

Tickets for the cinema screenings are free but ticketed. Bookings open 1st October.

The film will be screened several times on the 18th.

Book here

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