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White Wall Cinema presents...

"SPIKE FEST"

*REVISED DATES - NOW MOVED TO AUTUMN 2021*

SATURDAY OCTOBER 9TH / SUNDAY APRIL 10TH

Two days celebrating one of the world's greatest living directors: Spike Lee.

Join us for two days of a special pop up cinema film festival in Brighton dedicated to one of the world's greatest living movie directors Spike Lee. Screening six movies across the two days, each day is centered on two of Lee's most iconic movies Do The Right Thing (1989) on the Saturday and Blackkklansman (2018) on the Sunday with two other hand picked classics screened either side. Three movies have been announced so far (see below) with another three to be announced shortly!

A director of uncompromising vision, Lee's work has tackled racial tension, urban crime, sexuality and much more in ways that have left an indelible mark upon the cinematic landscape. Don't miss your chance to delve into six handpicked movies rarely seen on the big screen, and immerse yourself in the world of this New York native and most iconoclastic of modern directors. Featuring films spanning more than 20 years including Lee's first film and one of his most recent works (that won him an Oscar in 2019) get familiar (or reacquaint yourself) with this giant of cinema, who can be easily considered one of the most influential artists in the long and storied history of black cultural creators.  

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Buy a single film pass for £8 by clicking on the individual film listings below, or for better value get a day pass for £15 (making each film £5) or for the best value buy a two day pass for both the Saturday and Sunday for only £20 (making it £3.33 per film) and visit all or some of the films on offer as you please.

EVENT TYPE
TWO DAY FESTIVAL
WHEN
SATURDAY OCTOBER 9TH - SUNDAY OCTOBER 10TH 2021
WHERE
WAGNER HALL BRIGHTON
EVENT RUN TIME
SATURDAY: 4PM TIL 10PM / Sunday 2pm til 10pm - INDIVIDUAL TIMINGS BELOW (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
AGES
18+ (SOME INDIVIDUAL FILM TICKETS 15+)

DAY ONE LINEUP 

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She's Gotta Have It (1986)

Made on a shoestring budget She's Gotta Have It ushered in the U.S. independent film era of the 1980s, launched Spike Lee's career, and brought black female sexual empowerment to the fore as Nola juggles three lovers . Now the basis for Lee's popular Netflix series of the same name, She's Gotta Have It is a landmark film debut by one of the world's greatest living directors. 

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Do The Right Thing (1989)

One of the definitive great works of modern cinema, Do The Right Thing is one of only 12 movies listed in the American Film Institutes top 100 list made after 1982 (the other 88 are all made before 1982). Focusing on one hot day in Brooklyn, Lee's landmark film explores racial tension in late 80s Brooklyn in a spectacularly funny, thought provoking, visually dazzling and astonishingly still (sadly) all too relevant way. all fuelled by Public Enemy's iconic protest song Fight The Power, that was created at Lee's request for the movie's soundtrack. 

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SATURDAY OCT. 9TH (20:05)

Girl 6 (1996)

With a soundtrack entirely created by Prince, Girl 6 is every bit as provocative, steamy, wild, and fun as you might expect. An all star cast that includes Debi Mazar (Goodfellas), Michael Imperioli (Sopranos), Madonna, John Turturro (Do The Right Thing, The Big Lebowski) and even Quentin Tarantino, Theresa Randle (Bad Boys) stars as young black actress Judy, who turns away from the chauvinistic male film industry and opts for a more sympathetic (and female) boss in the world of phone sex operators. Pulitzer Prize winning author Suzan-Lori Parks's fierce and unsparingly frank script is a both a brilliant raunchy comedy, and social commentary.

DAY TWO LINEUP 

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SUNDAY OCT. 10TH (14:15)

CHI-RAQ (2015)

Ever audacious, Spike Lee addresses Chicago's seemingly insurmountable levels of gun and gang violence through this daring musical adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata in which a group of females band together to withhold sex from their male partners in a bid to force them to stop the turf wars and killing. An all star cast including Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Basset and Samuel L. Jackson bring dynamism to this bombastic, urgent, moving, sharp, hilarious, satisfyingly ambitious firecracker of a movie. 

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Blackkklansman (2018)

Starring John David Washington (son of longtime Lee collaborator Denzel Washington) and Adam Driver the film is based on the true story of the first black detective in the 1970s Colorado Springs Police Dept. Pitched to Lee to by Get Out director Jordan Peele (the movie's producer) in a six word text as "Black man infiltrates Ku Klux Klan", Spike immediately set about making one of his most vital works that is in equal parts entertaining and hilarious as it is terrifying and shocking, giving Lee his first ever Oscar win.  

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SUNDAY OCT. 10TH (19:10)

SUMMER OF SAM (1999)

It's the summer of 1977 in New York city, the discos are full, there are city wide power outages, the Yankees are about to win the world series and a killer is on the loose. Like Do The Right Thing, Summer of Sam shows the sweltering pressure cooker of a NY neighborhood but this time the long shadow of (real life) serial killer 'Son of Sam' David Berkowitz hangs over the city. As the paranoia spreads two friends, philandering hairdresser Vinny (John Leguizamo), and punk obsessive Ritchie (Adrien Brody) feel the effects of that unpredictable summer in the Bronx as Studio 54, CBGB, unforgiving humidity and murder collide in this innovative portrait of city gone mad.

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THE VENUE

||Wagner Hall, 2 Regency Road, BN1 2RU ||

 

Wagner Hall is located just off West Street Brighton on Regency Road, just 10 minutes from Brighton Station and under 5 minutes to the sea, it couldn’t be more central. It has raked theatre style seating for convenient viewing of our large screen.... more info about the day and venue facilities to come.

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