WHO’S IN IT?
Amandla Stenberg (The Darkest Minds), Regina Hall (Girls Trip), Russell Hornsby (Fences), KJ Apa (A Dog’s Purpose), Algee Smith (Detroit), Lamar Johnson (Full Out), Isaa Rae (A Bitter Lime), Sabrina Carpenter (Horns), Common (Selma), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), TJ Wright (film debut), Dominique Fishback (Night Comes On), Megan Lawless (Table 19), Tony Vaughn (Shake)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
George Tillman Jr. (Notorious), director, producer; Audrey Wells (The Truth About Cats & Dogs), writer; Marty Bowen (The Fault In Our Stars), Wyck Godfrey (Love, Simon) and Robert Teitel (Barbershop), producers; Dustin O’Halloran (Lion), composer; Mihai Malaimare Jr. (The Master), cinematographer; Alex Blatt (Full Grown Men) and Craig Hayes (The Inheritance), editors
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Starr Carter (Stenberg) is an African-American teenager who lives in a poor and mostly black neighbourhood, but attends a mostly white and wealthy high school. One night, while she is out having fun with her childhood best friend Khalil (Smith), they are pulled over by a white cop who then shoots and kills Khalil after a misunderstanding. The incident leaves Starr traumatised, and with enormous pressure from her community to find her voice and stand up for racial injustice…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
The acclaimed and all-too-timely YA novel is adapted into a staggeringly effective tale of race and inequality, with themes and plot points that ring far too true in today’s society.