Attack the Block
Director: Joe Cornish Run Time: 88 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 2011
Starring: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter, Nick Frost
Presented as part of The FOFIF double-feature celebrating the release of Robin Means Coleman and Mark H. Harris’ new book, The Black Guy Dies First: Black Horror Cinema from Fodder to Oscar. Recorded introduction by the authors.
“Probably the best received of the modern wave of Black-led horror, this cult classic launched the career of John Boyega as the leader of a group of mostly Black London teenz ‘n the hood defending their turf against an alien invasion.”
In this expertly paced genre debut by Joe Cornish, a gang of resourceful South London teens experience some “28 Days Later shit” and defend their council estate after ape-like aliens descend on Guy Fawkes day. Using motor bikes, samurai swords, fireworks, and a whole lot of gumption, they bravely fight the unknowable horror with the help of an NHS nurse (future Doctor Who Jody Whittaker). Attack the Block has heart and humor, dives into the politics of policing, and amplifies the meaning of finishing what you start. It also gives horror the Black heroes it needed. The kids are alright, innit.
Want the book? Choose the book + ticket option and have it waiting at your seat! Books will also be available at the screening.
Also be sure to see the other film, Spider Baby, at Nitehawk Williamsburg on 2/27.