Celebrate Black History Month at Backyard Cinema. This October, we’re showing some of our favourite films from black directors. Choose from superhero hits like Black Panther and Into the Spiderverse, BAFTA Award-winning documentary I Am Not Your Negro, the heartwrenching Academy Award-nominated If Beale Street Could Talk, & more.
The Oscar-winning director Jordan Peele got his start in improv at Chicago’s Second City before achieving sketch-comedy stardom on Comedy Central with Key & Peele in 2012. His directorial debut, Get Out, earned $250 million at the box office and earned him a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award.
He recently told an audience in LA that “I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie. Not that I don’t like white dudes, but I’ve seen that movie… we are in this time — a renaissance has happened and proved the myths about representation in the industry are false.”
Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa shot a cast of little-known actors in just 25 days – and managed to become the biggest buy at Sundance and score a musical partnership with Pharrell.
On his hit teen film Dope, he has spoken about his love of classic John Hughes films like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. “I wanted to try and change the idea of what we call mainstream. So many times what we call mainstream is upper middle class white suburbia. And anything outside of that is considered niche.”