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Black Star

Celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors.

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UK-wide highlights

  • All About Forest

    All About Forest

    Soldier, jazz musician, samurai hitman — the Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast celebrates the versatility of one of the finest and most unassuming actors working today.

  • Norman Jay Tour

    Norman Jay Tour

    Norman Jay MBE will introduce films that have been an inspiration to him followed by DJ sets in venues in Bristol, Exeter, Leeds, London and Manchester.

  • Proud Valley Tour

    Proud Valley Tour

    Film Hub Wales lead a celebration of Paul Robeson with a Welsh tour of Proud Valley.



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Film releases

  • In the Heat of the Night

    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier excels in this landmark drama back in cinemas 18 November.

  • Boyz n the Hood

    Boyz n the Hood

    John Singleton’s powerful South Central gang drama is returning to UK cinemas from 26 October.


  • Black Star: A BFI Compendium

    Black Star: A BFI Compendium

    Uncover the history and legacy of black film and TV stars from the long-forgotten figures of the early years of cinema to the global megastars of today.

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  • Black Britain on Film

    Black Britain on Film

    Fact meets fiction in this major new collection uncovering depictions of black culture, community and characters on British screens across the past century.

  • Black Star collection

    Black Star collection

    Our subscription selection celebrating black stardom, focusing on British talents and pioneering performers.

Further reading

  • Sight & Sound: the November 2016 issue

    Sight & Sound: the November 2016 issue

    David Oyelowo and the crisis of black British film stars: a Black Star special issue. Plus Ken Loach’s excoriating I, Daniel Blake, Robert Aldrich...

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