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From the Archive: Bonnie Greer on Do The Right Thing

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27 Oct 2021
17 min listen

Back in late 2019, we hosted a series of talks and debates exploring cinema's relationship to the modern city and our experience of urban life. As part of this season, journalist and playwright Bonnie Greer introduced Spike Lee's groundbreaking 80s film Do The Right Thing.

On the hottest day of the year in a neighbourhood in Brooklyn, hate and bigotry smoulders and builds until it explodes into violence. In this archive episode, Ben Eshmade talks to Bonnie Greer about the impact of the film.

‘There was a lot of problems about that…in the time it came out, a lot of people were very angry, the reviewers because they thought it condoned violence. They didn’t like the words that were used, all that sort of thing,  but that’s the way it is and that’s the way it was’ – Bonnie Greer

This comedy-drama film was produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee, he appears in the cast alongside Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro AND Samuel L. Jackson….plus the film featured debuts of Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez.


From the Archive sees us dig into our extensive contemporary and classical music and cinema podcast archive as we rediscover interviews and discussions with artists, with our long-standing producer and presenter, Ben Eshmade. 

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