Sorry to Bother You at ARC in January

First time director Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You has been acclaimed by critics worldwide and holds an approval rating of 93% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with many predicting that it will be an Oscar contender in 2019.

In an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, California, telemarketer Cassius Green finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers a magical key that leads to material glory. As Green’s career begins to take off, his friends and co-workers organize a protest against corporate oppression. Cassius soon falls under the spell of Steve Lift, a cocaine-snorting CEO who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams – but who has terrible plans for his new protégé.

On Tuesday 8 January at 7.30pm, the film will be followed by a post film panel discussion with:

• Daniel Mitchelson: ARC’s Programme Coordinator
• Elvis Katoto: a cameraman, videographer, director, and editor
• Casey Spence: a writer and artist with over ten years in the creative industry.
• Ami Nisa: a PhD researcher in Film and Sociology at Northumbria University. Her research interests include technology, gender, race, and class politics.

The panel will focus on how the movie’s characters are represented and will also be discussing the social issues and themes explored by the film.

Daniel Mitchelson, ARC’s Programme Coordinator, said:

“We want the panel discussion to be relaxed and chatty. More like having a chat with your friends in the pub than a formal panel discussion. We’ve brought in some industry experts to help put the film into context and to talk how it’s similar, or dissimilar, to other films but would love to have the input of the audience.”

Sorry to Bother You will be shown at ARC between Friday 4th January and Thursday 10th January with the panel discussion taking place after the screening on Tuesday 8th January.

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