BFI presents Judas and the Black Messiah: a three-day virtual experience


9th March – 11th March


To celebrate the UK release of Shaka King’s JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH, the BFI and Warner Bros. Pictures have collaborated to offer audiences the chance to immerse themselves in this vital and compelling film via a series of online events and expertly curated content. 

Going live over 3 days from today, audiences will be treated to virtual discussions with members of the cast and crew, a film collection specially curated by Shaka King for subscribers to BFI Player, and spoken word poetry content from collective Poetic Unity in collaboration with We Are Parable, available exclusively on BFI Player.

Special events premiering for free on BFI YouTube will include:

·       JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH CAST & DIRECTOR Q&A with Shaka KingDaniel KaluuyaLaKeith Stanfield and Dominique Fishback, hosted by Akala – Tuesday 9th March, 7pm

·       CREATING THE LOOK OF JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH with Charlese Antoinette Jones (Costume), Rebecca Woodfork (Hair), Sian Richards (Make-up), hosted by Matimba Kabalika – Tuesday 9th March, 8pm

·       THE JOURNEY TO SCREEN with Shaka King and producer Charles D. King, hosted by Amon Warmann in partnership with NME – Wednesday 10th March, 7pm

·       DANIEL KALUUYA IN-CONVERSATION, hosted by Akua Gyamfi in partnership with The British Blacklist – Thursday 11th March, 7pm

Available from Wednesday 10th March, ‘SHAKA KING SELECTS’ will feature the director’s top choices from the Subscription section on BFI Player.Including titles such as A PROPHET (Jacques Audiard, 2009), which King dubs one of his favourite moviegoing experiences ever; MOTHER (Bong Joon-ho, 2009) – King’s favourite end to any movie, or what he refers to a “God level tier filmmaking”; and thefilm that made King want to work with LaKeith Stanfield, and SHORT TERM 12 (Destin Daniel Cretton, 2013). The collection of 8 titles is available to subscribers of BFI Player (14-day free trial then £4.99 a month), alongside hundreds of other classic and contemporary films, with new titles being added every week. Also, on BFI Player from Thursday 11th March, a free collection of shorts featuring Daniel Kaluuya.


Inspired by true events, “Judas and the Black Messiah” was directed by Shaka King  from a screenplay by Will Berson & King, story by Berson & King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas. Ryan Coogler and Charles D. King produced the film with Shaka King. The executive producers were Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Ravi Mehta, Jeff Skoll, Anikah McLaren, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Ted Gidlow, and Niija Kuykendall.

The film stars Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton in a performance that recently earned hima Golden Globe Award, and LaKeith Stanfield as William O’Neal, as well as Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders and Martin Sheen. The ensemble cast also includes Algee Smith, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Dominique Thorne, Amari Cheatom, Caleb Eberhardt and Lil Rel Howery.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with MACRO/Participant/BRON Creative, a MACRO Media/Proximity Production, a Film by Shaka King, “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

You can rent the movie premiere of Judas and the Black Messiah at home from 11th March: http://www.bfi.org.uk/news/judas-black-messiah-virtual-experience


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