In the late ’70s Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, Ballers) becomes Colorado Spring’s first African-American police officer. On a whim, rookie Stallworth calls a number in a newspaper advertisement for the Ku Klux Klan and soon enough makes arrangements for a meeting. He gets fellow cop Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver, Paterson, SFF 2016; Girls) to attend the meeting. Over the coming months, Stallworth conducts the investigation on the phone, while Zimmerman does all the personal interactions with the Klan members. All the while, the two cops know that they are taking a huge risk with the hateful, gun-wielding and potentially violent Klansmen. Lee is in top form as he ratchets up the tension. While BlacKkKlansman plays as a highly entertaining cop thriller, Lee also finds room for humour and romance. He pays homage to Blaxploitation films, while referencing the impact of cinema on race relations from The Birth of a Nation to Tarzan to Gone with the Wind. It all comes together in a wildly entertaining package with serious punch. As an early title in the film says: “This joint is based on some fo’ real, fo’ real shit.”
Spike Lee’s debut She’s Gotta Have It (1986) launched a successful career and enabled him to start his own production company. Lee has received two Academy Award nominations, two Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards, with his most celebrated titles including Do the Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991), When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006) and Inside Man (2006).
Party: After the screening on Saturday 16 June head to the Hub for the free party, Spike's Juke Joint, starting at 8.30pm
Flexipasses are not valid for Back by Popular Demand sessions Monday 18 June to Wednesday 20 June.