BFI Presents: Judas and the Black Messiah

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 Tuesday 9th March, 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 King, Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith 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 the film 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.