Spike Lee On The Buzz Surrounding ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Filmmaker and Director Spike Lee talks about his latest film, “BlacKkKlansman,” which has been lauded by critics since its release, and the upcoming awards season.

BlacKkKlansman retells the true story of a black cop who joined his local Klan chapter

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out. Release date: 24 August 2018 (United Kingdom) DirectorSpike Lee Box office: 90 million USD NominationsAcademy Award for Best PicturePalme d’OrProduction companiesBlumhouse Productions

Critic reviews

BlacKkKlansman is a well-crafted dramatization of real events and one of Spike Lee’s more effective cinematic sermons on racism in recent memory.Full review  Sandy Schaefer
Screen Rant  Lee structures BlacKkKlansman like a crackerjack procedural, punctuated by jaunty humor and Mod Squad team dynamics.

Ann Hornaday
Washington PostThere are few filmmakers as consistently, burningly passionate as Spike Lee. This is vital and timely work that’s up there with his best, with a gut-wrenching sting in the tail.Full review

Helen O’Hara
EmpireFor the most part, BlacKkKlansman reflects upon the disturbingly vile mindset of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.Full reviewBob Hoose
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