Every film MOBO is supporting at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival
In case you missed the news, we launched the 2016 MOBO Season last week. Launched at a special event at BFI Southbank on September 27, the jam-packed season continues to motivate, elevate and celebrate excellence through a series of agenda-setting cultural events and pivotal partnerships in the lead-up to this year’s MOBO Awards.
Among the activities planned for the MOBO Season is a string of curated films with the 60th BFI London Film Festival. The selection of films highlights some of the biggest and brightest new faces in film, as well as giving audiences the opportunity to sample a wide array of different cultures and storytelling traditions. As always, there’s a lot to take in, so we’ve collated all the info you need in one place….
To find out more information on the 60th BFI London Film Festival, please click here.
Date: Wednesday 5th October: Odeon Leicester Square
Directed by: Amma Asante
Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike and Arnold Oceng
This is the opening film of the London Film Festival and tells the story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana who caused an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.
Date: Saturday 8th October: Vue West End Cinema, Friday 14th October: Ritzy Brixton, Sunday 16th October: Hackney Picturehouse
Directed by: Shola Amoo
Starring: Tanya Fear, Hussina Raja and Aki Omoshaybi
The gentrification of London’s Brixton is examined in this probing and stylistically ambitious debut feature.
Date: Saturday 8th October: Ritzy Brixton, Monday 10th October: ICA
Directed by: Lamin Jadama, Lars Lovén
Starring: Nneka Egbuna, Sister Fa, Neo Muyanga
A pulsating journey through the electronic urban musical underground of Africa that looks at how the new sounds are defining a generation, from the team behind Black Power Mixtape.
Date: Thursday 13th October: Picturehouse Central, Friday 14th October: Odeon Leicester Square
Directed by: Pete Travis
Starring: Riz Ahmed and Billie Piper
A taut, hardboiled crime thriller set in contemporary multicultural London, from the Pete Travis, the director of Dredd and Omagh.
Date: Saturday 15th October: Vue West End, Sunday 16th October: Ritzy Brixton
Directed by: Joseph a. Adesunloye
Starring: Dudley O'Shaughnessy, Wale Ojo, Alassane Sy
A mixed heritage man living in London is a successful photographer. When a message from Senegal calls him home, Leke must confront the psychological intricacies of his heritage and forge a new sense of self.
Date: Saturday 8th October: ICA and 15th October: Vue West End Cinema
Directed by: Julie Dash
Starring: Barbara O, Alva Rogers, Cora Lee Day
Julie Dash’s majestic first feature about three generations of Gullah women (descendants of West African slaves) at the turn of the 20th century struggling with the decision to migrate from their sea island home off the coast of South Carolina to the mainland.
Date: Saturday 15h October: Embankment Garden Cinema, Sunday 16th October: Embankment Garden Cinema
Directed by: Spike Lee
Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Angela Bassett, Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, John Cusack
Spike Lee reimagines Aristophanes’ ancient Greek play Lysistrata as a dazzling modern-day hip-hop musical set in Chicago.
Date: Tuesday 11th October: Vue West End, Wednesday 12th October: ICA
Directed by: Mark Cousins
Starring: Neneh Cherry
Mark Cousins and Neneh Cherry team up to direct this superb ‘is it a doc, or is it fiction’ film. Cherry’s Alva is a character whose life mirrors some broad facts of her own (an artist with an African father and Swedish mother).
Date: Saturday 15th October: Haymarket, Sunday 16th October – Ritzy
Directed by: Izy Ojukwu
Starring: Ramsay Noah, Rita Domini
A terse political drama from Nigeria deals with the ramifications for a group linked to the assassination in 1976 of General Murtala Mohammed
Date: Sunday October 9th: Odeon Leicester Square, Monday October 10th: Odeon Leicester Square, Wednesday, October 12th: Ritzy Cinema Brixton
Directed by: Mira Nair
The powerful true life tale of one girl’s determination to escape from poverty in Uganda by becoming a chess champion, directed by Mira Nair and starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.
BFI BLACK STAR SCREENING
Date: Thursday 3rd November: Glasgow Film Theatre
Directed by: John Singleton
Starring: Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr.
A special screening of the re-release of this seminal movie from John Singleton starring Ice Cube.