Thriller Weekender in Stratford
Date posted: 12.03.2014
Commemorating 30 years since the release of Michael Jackson's music video for Thriller, The New Black Film Collective presents a weekend of horror and camp-filled film and entertainment with a black focus – opening with a flashmob of the famous dance in Stratford's Theatre Square.
Taking place 14-16 March, the weekender includes film screenings and workshops on the role of black identity in the horror genre, all taking place in Stratford. Supported by Film Hub London, the weekender is part of the BFI's blockbuster Gothic Season.
"As in a lot of cinema, the Black presence often remains hidden in the shadows but our culture, too, has a rich history of what goes bump in the night," says Priscilla Igwe, Director of The New Black Film Collective, "And we are pleased to have the support of Film London and the BFI to bring you our tales of the unexpected."
Thriller, Blade, Eddie Murphy & More
Opening the weekend is a planned flashmob to take place in Stratford's Theatre Square at 5:30pm on Friday 14 March. The mob will enact the famous dance from Michael Jackson's Thriller music video – currently celebrating its 30th anniversary!
Following the dance, all are welcome to delve into a triple bill of Blade, Blade II and Blade: Trinity. Get the full story on Wesley Snipes's iconic and eponymous Blade: the vampire hunter with half vampire blood.
On Saturday 15 March, stories of slavery manifested through tales of ghosts and monsters take over the screen. At 6:30pm Oprah Winfrey stars in Jonathan Demme's Beloved, the story of an ex-slave haunted by the ghost of the child she killed out of pity and desperation. At 9pm, Candyman tells the legend of "Candyman", a hook-handed son of a slave, rumoured to be summoned by repeating his name five times in the mirror.
The weekend closes on Sunday 16 March with a double bill of Eddie Murphy's The Haunted Mansion and Vampire in Brooklyn. Both family-friendly jaunts, the films bring a new sensibility to the comedy horror genre.
Gothic Across the City with Film Hub London
Supported by Film Hub London, led by Film London, the Thriller Weekender was organised by The New Black Film Collective in partnership with Birkbeck, University of London and NUSHO.
Film Hub London is part of the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN). It supports specialised film exhibition in the capital, aiming to increase the opportunities to engage with cinema in all its diversity and raise the profile of London's cinema sector.
Other BFI Gothic events supported by Film Hub London have included: