SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
Credits: Dir-Scr Boots Riley. Prod Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles D King, George Rush, Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams. With Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun. USA 2018. 111min. UK Distribution Universal Pictures
Thu 11 Oct BFI Southbank 18:10
Fri 12 Oct Embankment Garden Cinema 14:15
Sun 14 Oct VUE West End 17:30
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU joins the Laugh Strand, receiving its UK Premiere at the LFF. A mild-mannered call centre operator whizzes up the corporate ladder after he discovers a unique ability to adopt a “white voice” in writer-director Boots Riley’s breathlessly inventive satire. With Cassius Green’s (Lakeith Stanfield) newly discovered talent, it’s not long before he rises through the ranks of his company, moving closer to the inner circle of coke-snorting entrepreneur Steve Lift (Armie Hammer). But as Cassius soon discovers, Steve has some disturbing ambitions for him and the cost of success could be more than just alienation from both his colleagues and activist girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson). Bursting with ideas, visual panache and caustic wit, Riley acerbically lampoons office life and offers savage commentary on the young African-American experience. Joining a triumphant new wave of radical black cinema, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU establishes Riley as a filmmaking force to be reckoned with.
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