Showroom Cinema with Andy Moore

This October at the Showroom Cinema we’re celebrating Black History Month with a season of films exploring what it means to be Black and British.

Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 9:37 am
Updated Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, 11:57 am
“Hero: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Ulric Cross”
“Hero: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Ulric Cross”

We’ll be exploring the cultural legacy of Black British people with a fantastic programme of films and events focused on the ways that Black British identities have evolved and adapted under the social and political pressures of life in the UK.

Our season kicks off on the 8th of October with a screening of Frances-Anne Solomon’s Hero.

The film tells the extraordinary true story of Ulric Cross, a Trinidadian jurist, diplomat and Royal Air Force navigator who left his small island home in 1941 to seek his fortune - and became the RAF’s most decorated West Indian airman.

We’re delighted to be welcoming the film’s director, as well as lead actor Nickolai Salcedo, for a Q&A after the screening.

We’ll also be screening Farming from the 11th of October. Based on the director’s own experiences, Farming is a uniquely personal film about one boy’s struggle with identity and racism growing up in the UK in the 1960s and 70s during the rise of the National Front.

Then on the 13th of October, youth culture meets identity politics in Young Soul Rebels.

Part-thriller and part-gay love story set in London in 1977, this beautifully crafted period piece was the bold and stylish debut feature from acclaimed artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien.

The screening will be introduced by Chardine Taylor-Stone, an award-winning cultural producer, writer and feminist activist.

And on Saturday the 19th of October we’re excited to finally be bringing Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records to Sheffield.

Rudeboy is a film about the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture, told through the prism of one of the most iconic labels in the history of black music, Trojan Records.

Formed from engaging dramatisations, interviews and exclusive archive footage, and featuring a cast of legendary artists including Lee “Scratch” Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Marcia Griffiths, Dave Barker and more, Rudeboy is an energetic tribute to Jamaican music, and the ways it paved the way for modern multi-cultural Britain. The film will be followed by a conversation with local music scene legends Winston Hazel, Greg Robinson and Dave Hancock, and we’ll be celebrating the music of Trojan Records with a DJ in the bar. Expect good vibes and great tunes. Also screening are Menelik habazz’s Burning an Illusion (22 nd Oct); and Handsworth Songs (28th Oct). For more info, and to book tickets, visit: