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If Beale Street Could Talk + ScreenTalk with Dr Janine Bradbury & Clive Nwonka + introduction from Barry Jenkins

The Devil Finds Work: James Baldwin on Film

A man and a woman stand in an urban American street, looking forward.

We kick off this cinema season with a screening of Barry Jenkins' adaptation of James Baldwin's novel, with a ScreenTalk, plus an exclusive recorded intro & commentary by Barry Jenkins.

We kick off this cinema season with a screening of Barry Jenkins' adaptation of James Baldwin's novel, as an entry point to the themes of Black injustice, the Black family and love.

This programme begins with the screening of If Beale Street Could Talk, the 2018 adaptation of Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name. 

A non-linear, Harlem-set story of a young relationship developing against the backdrop of the racial politics of 1970’s America. Opening the programme with the screening of Barry Jenkins' Oscar nominated adaptation of Baldwin’s canonical novel on Black injustice, the Black family and love, the screening allows for a familiar entry point into Baldwin’s cinematic universe through discussions on Jenkins' own Baldwin influences across his film work, and his specific adaptation of Baldwin’s novel.

2018 USA dir Barry Jenkins 114 min

HoH Captions: This film is captioned and the ScreenTalk will be live-captioned.



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This project is part of the ‘James Baldwin and Britain’ project (2024-2027), led by Douglas Field, Kennetta Hammond Perry and Rob Waters, with thanks for the generous support by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 

The film programme is curated by Dr Clive Chijioke Nwonka.


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