Tuesday 24th October 2017 - 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm, Palmer Building
From Kathryn Bigelow, the Academy Award® winning director of THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY, DETROIT tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ‘67.
A police raid in Detroit in 1967 resulted in days long riots centred around the Algiers Motel incident when Michigan’s state police and national guard patrolled the streets, turning the city into a war zone. This shameful episode in American history led to the deaths of three African American men and the brutal beatings of several others.
USA 2017 – directed by Kathryn Bigelow – with John Boyega, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor – 143 min
When you watch “Detroit”, Kathryn Bigelow’s sweeping, scalding drama about the Detroit riots that took place 50 years ago, in July 1967, you’re entering a zone where the usual feel-good pieties don’t apply. For this is no comforting drama of social protest. It’s closer to a hair-trigger historical nightmare, one you can’t tear yourself away from – VARIETY
The combination of an aggrieved, enraged black population and a well-armed, hostile white police force is a recipe for disaster, and Detroit makes viewers feel the heat of the flames and the fury of the participants – SCREEN INTERNATIONAL