BOYZ N THE HOOD: Back in cinemas to mark 25th Anniversary as BFI’s BLACK STAR season centrepiece

A BFI release in association with Park Circus and Sony Pictures


A Film By John Singleton

With Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett

Opening at BFI Southbank, HOME Manchester, Showroom Sheffield, Peckham Plex and selected Vue and Odeon sites UK-wide from 28 October 2016

Remarkably, John Singleton was just 23 when he wrote and directed what is now recognised as a seminal film, one that was instrumental in ushering in a new phase of black filmmaking in the US.

The BFI will re-release, in association with Park Circus and Sony Pictures, Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood (1991), in selected cinemas UK-wide on 28 October, as the centrepiece to the BFI’s autumn blockbuster season, BLACK STAR, which runs from 17 October – 31 December.

The director will be in London for the opening and will take part in an onstage Q&A after the 6.15pm screening at BFI Southbank on 28 October.

Ice Cube makes his acting debut alongside Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett in John Singleton’s game-changing first feature film which depicts life in South Central Los Angeles, where random violence is a way of life.

The story focuses upon Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a young man who is trying to navigate life in a community ravaged by drug addiction, poverty, gangs and police harassment. Hard-hitting and direct, Singleton’s story has an authenticity that is ably delivered by a fine cast and, 25 years on from its first release, feels as urgent and relevant as ever with racial tension between black communities and the police in the US at fever pitch.

Writer-director John Singleton was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director, making him the youngest ever nominee for Best Director, and the first African-American to be nominated for the award.

The film’s release is part of BFI BLACK STAR which champions the achievements of black stars from the earliest years of cinema through to the present day, whilst exploring why opportunities to shine on screen have been historically limited for black actors. BLACK STAR celebrates films that feature black actors in central roles, bringing their work to a new generation of UK audiences and helping to reposition them and their performances in our collective memory.

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