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CLOCKERS (1995) - A Spike Lee Mixtape Season (Black History Month)

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  • dir. Spike Lee

  • year. 1995

  • country. USA

  • run-time. 128 mins

  • rating. 18

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Doors: 7.00pm
Film: 7.30pm


October in Britain is Black History Month, and for Deptford Cinema that means a sweeping retrospective of director Spike Lee’s joints. Since his breakout first feature She's Gotta Have It back in 1986, African-American filmmaker Spike Lee has built an incredibly diverse, politically-charged, and hugely respected filmography that is famed for its pull-no-punches focus on the Black American experience in a society still infused with racism, from his sophomore feature Do the Right Thing to the recent Cannes-winning police drama BlackKklansman. Lee’s films hungrily fuse satire, anger, provocative ideological positions, and plenty of humour into compelling expressionistic rockets. Lee’s films dance freely between being realistic and symbolic, lighthearted and tragic, funny and savage, sometimes all within the same scene. Identity, racial prejudice, and the struggles to compromise and co-exist as a minority in the modern world all come under his microscope, even as his 2006 film Inside Man showed him more than capable of switching to more mainstream genre fare. His expressive visual approaches means certain ‘Spike-isms’ are now an immediately recognisable cinematographic flourishes: such as his love of free-floating dolly shots. His longstanding collaboration with Denzel Washington, in films such as Malcolm X and He Got Game, remains one of the most rewarding actor-director collaborations in recent film history. There is so much to be angered by, to be moved by, and to laugh at, in Lee’s filmography that you surely can’t afford to miss out on this retrospective.

CLOCKERS

If Clockers, with its focus on the circular relationship of harassment, arrest, release, poverty and clocking (drug dealing) on the gritty black-majority projects of New York feels a little like an early version of The Wire...well, thats because the author of the original novel the film adapts - Richard Price- went on the write for the cult HBO crime series not long after collaborating with Spike Lee, who brings his own expressive flourishes to an otherwise hard-edged drama flavoured with asphalt and hip-hop. Harvey Keitel joins Spike Lee for the first time as a cynical veteran cop, whilst Lee regular John Turturro returns as his racist partner. Delroy Lindo chills as paternal-yet-ruthless local black kingpin Rodney Little.

Doors Open 7pm*
*Programme Start 7.30pm*
*Age Restriction over 15