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Mangrove (N/C 15+)

7 October

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Join us for the Opening Film of BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express. Booking opens 1 October.

Multi award-winning director Steve McQueen’s rousing tale of Black solidarity and resistance brings a seminal moment in British history into sharp focus.

The Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill doubled as a community centre for Black Londoners to exchange ideas and to commune. As police brutality and harassment intensified, the Mangrove also became a site of resistance leading to the wrongful arrest for incitement to riot of nine local activists including Altheia Jones-LeCointe (Letitia Wright) and Darcus Howe (Malachi Kirby).

Oscar-winner Steve McQueen’s depiction of the infamous 55-day trial is a moving instalment from his Small Axe anthology series, a collection of films that evoke memories, political events and a critical perspective on life for London’s West Indian community between the 1960s and 1980s. In this present moment, with its rallying cry for abolition, McQueen’s incredible cast deliver, with great assurance, a seminal moment in British history that also encapsulates the global Black struggle.

This screening will be free but ticketed. Tickets will be available to book from 10am on Thursday 1 October.

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  • Director Steve McQueen
  • Cast Letitia Wright, Shaun Parkes, Malachi Kirby
  • Running Time 2h6m
  • Certificate N/C 15+
  • Country UK
  • Year of Production 2019
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