To celebrate Black History Month and curated by The University Of Derby's Afro-Caribbean Society. We are dedicating a night to musician turned actor O'Shea Jackson aka Ice Cube with a double bill of two of his earliest roles.
Boyz N The Hood (15)
USA 1991 107mins
Director: John Singleton
First-time director John Singleton garnered an Oscar nomination for this intensely dramatic story of life in a south central Los Angeles neighbourhood. Written by Singleton himself the film follows the lives of friends Tre (Cuba Gooding, Jr) and Ricky (Morris Chestnut) and their attempts to build a better life for themselves during the heightened gang culture of the 1990's. The film is inspired by Singleton’s own childhood in Los Angeles and the characters are loosely based on figures in his own life. Ice Cube plays Doughboy the older brother to Tre’s friend Ricky, who is frustrated with the life that he is living with limited options.
USA 1995 87mins
Director: F. Gary Gray
Following Boyz N The Hood, Friday sees Ice Cube in a comedic role in the form of Craig Jones. Craig has recently been fired from his job while attempting to collect his wages, as he was allegedly caught on camera stealing, although he claims innocence. During his first day seeking employment Craig gets distracted by friends and local neighbourhood characters pass through, including the hulking neighbourhood bully Deebo (Tommy Lister, Jr.) and drug dealer Big Worm (Faizon Love) who Craig and his friend Smokey (Chris Tucker) owe money. Written by Ice Cube and friend DJ Pooh the film became a cult 90’s classic.
Tickets: £15 standard, £13 concessions/QUAD Members, £12 concessionary QUAD member, £7 16 - 25 year olds. (Bring ID!)