Green Book

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Green Book
Certificate12A
Year2018
GenreBiography, Comedy, Drama
DirectorPeter Farrelly
LanguageEnglish
CountryUSA
Running Time2HR 10MINS
SeasonMain Programme
Closed CaptioningThe 6.20pm screening on Tuesday 12 February will feature descriptive subtitling.

Winner of Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars, Green Book is an uplifting true story of an odds-defying friendship that demands to be told on the big screen.

With strong performances from Mahershala Ali (following his Oscar-winning turn in Moonlight) and Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence), Green Book succeeds in making its crucial subject of racial division in 1960s America into a smart, affecting and charming film.

When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger as well as unexpected humanity and humour—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

Best known for his crowd-pleasing comedies Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, director Peter Farrelly delivers a heartwarming surprise with Green Book and shines while directing both the funnier moments and dramatic beats. Whilst entertaining and easy-to-watch, the film doesn’t sugarcoat the tensions of the time and serves as a significant reminder of the challenges that everyday racism can still bring upon us.


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