BlacKKKlansman (2018, USA, Spike Lee, 2hr 12 mins, 15) is based on the incredible true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Keen to make his mark, Stallworth graduates from menial work in the filing office to take on the dangerous mission to infiltrate and expose the Klu Klux Klan. Answering a newspaper ad, he poses as a budding white supremacist convincingly enough to be recruited. Ron then teams up with experienced colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), who attends meetings in order to stop a plot to attack a local Black Power rally. The film is funny in pointing out the comic irony of the banal day-to-day lives of Klan members but remains fast-paced and never loses its dramatic tension. Washington (Denzel’s son) delivers a tremendous, nuanced central performance and the script won Spike Lee BAFTA and Oscar awards for Best Adapted Screenplay. Juggling the sombre with the hilarious this is an important, invigorating and entertaining tale that includes a powerful, shocking finale that is only too real.
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Please Note: This film is in STUDIO 609 at 7.30pm and is the only screening on this date.