Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and Will Smith to be celebrated at Curzon
PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:20 01 February 2017
Some of the most talented and successful black actors are being celebrated at the Curzon throughout the next two months.
The cinema is taking part in the British Film Institute’s Black Star season and will screen four different films that each feature outstanding lead performances from black actors.
The first instalment will be shown on February 9 when Will Smith tackles the role of iconic boxer Muhammed Ali in Michael Mann’s bio-epic.
Ali (15) depicts a turbulent period in Cassius Clay’s life from 1964-1974 as he becomes embroiled in controversy both in and out of the ring, including the famous Rumble in the Jungle bout against George Foreman and his decision to change his name.
The Crying Game (15) stars Forest Whitaker as a British soldier captured by the IRA, who forms a friendship with his captor Fergus (Steven Rea).
Fergus travels to London where he begins dating the soldier’s transgender lover Dil – a role which saw Jaye Davidson become the first British actor to win an Academy Award nomination.
Ray (15) will be shown on March 2 featuring Jamie Foxx as legendary rhythm and blues guitarist Ray Charles, earning him an Oscar and Golden Globe among other awards.
Completing the series on March 29 will be Dreamgirls (12).
Starring a host of famous names including Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy, the film looks at the history of Motown during the 1960s and 1970s.
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