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Sidney Poitier – The Defiant One

Auditorium Talk

Roger Griffith | 2022 | 120 MINS
When Sidney Poitier died in January he left behind him a legacy, which not only included some exceptional performances - his police detective in 'In the Heat of the Night' and his teacher in a tough London school in 'To Sir, With Love', to name but two - but also his status as an on screen symbol of the civil rights movement.

In Detail

Roger Griffith MBE, who will be looking back at Sir Sidney’s career in a talk illustrated by a wide range of clips, will be explaining why he was an iconic hero and an inspiration and also highlighting the ways in which the issues raised in films such as 'The Defiant Ones' and 'Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner' remain highly relevant today.

As the Chichester Cinema Awards Season draws to a close, this is an opportunity to celebrate the work of a ground-breaking star, the very first black man to win the Best Actor Academy Award.

Roger Griffith MBE has been sharing cultural stories, global observations on race and social inequality for over thirty years. He is a CEO/consultant at his social-business Creative Connex and a UWE Bristol lecturer. He credits film and arts for shaping his education and activism and is a member of the Come The Revolution film collective. In 2019 he was awarded an MBE for his services to Diversity and Arts.

Please note that this talk was originally advertised as a 13:00 start. It will now start at 13:15.

Also Screening: In the Heat of the Night - Sun 10 Apr 12:45 & Thu 14 Apr 16:45