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Queen & Slim

This screening took place on
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:15pm
Yukon Arts Centre

In this stylish drama where Black Lives Matter meets Thelma and Louise, Slim and Queen's first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer's gun and shoots him in self-defence. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man played by Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), and the woman played by Jodie Turner-Smith (Jett), are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country. As they drive south, these two unlikely fugitives will discover their shared humanity in the most dire and desperate of circumstances.

Mature content: recommended for ages 16+

"Romantic thriller has violence, but there's love, too."

 - Common Sense Media

 

"There’s something seductively potent about the slick yet artful packaging of Queen & Slim, a film arriving with all the confidence of a self-appointed classic. There’s the stylised marketing, the hip, star-packed soundtrack (Lauryn Hill singing again!), the Beyoncé-approved first-time director, the in-demand lead actor post-Oscar nomination, the Emmy-winning writer turned mogul and the logline that’s both tantalising and timely. It also remains rare, and refreshing, to see a studio-backed film boasting a wealth of black talent telling a black story.

Already crudely dubbed the black Bonnie & Clyde (a character in the film also refers to the couple as this) and understandably compared to Thelma and Louise, co-writer Lena Waithe has suggested that 1996’s criminally underrated all-female bank robbers thriller Set It Off is a more apt comparison. Unlike Arthur Penn’s 1967 game-changer, the pair are forced into violence by unavoidable circumstance and horrified by what they have to do in order to survive, a bleak penalty for being black in America..."

-Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

  • Directed by Melina Matsoukas
  • 2019, USA
  • 132 minutes
  • Parental Guidance Advised

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