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BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmPassing

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Director(s)Rebecca Hall
Writer(s)Rebecca Hall
CountryUK, USA
Running Time1HR 38MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Rebecca Hall makes her directorial debut with this intimate 1920s-set drama of racial identity starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga.

Friends Irene (Tessa Thompson) and Clare (Ruth Negga) haven't seen each other for years but are thrilled when they bump into each other at a luxurious hotel. Both light-skinned, mixed-race women, Clare reveals to Irene that she has been "passing" as a white woman, a decision that has allowed her to climb the social ladder and marry a rich husband (Alexander Skarsgård). When Clare's husband outs himself as a vile racist Irene flees, only to be followed by Clare who expresses her curiousity about the life she turned her back on.

The story of a complex, compelling friendship, Passing features a scene-stealing performance from Ruth Negga and The Prestige actress Rebecca Hall's elegant direction hints at a bright future behind the camera as well as in front of it.

"The film is exceedingly beautiful, the black-and-white cinematography giving the actors a sculptural quality...this is a beautifully crafted piece of filmmaking and one that heralds an exciting new direction for Hall." - Leila Latif, Little White Lies

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