Dear White People (15) Thur 8 Oct

11am & 8pm Thursday 8 October
Electric Palace Cinema £5/£6/£7

“Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent”


Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly,  provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety’s annual “10 Directors to Watch.”


The unexpected election of activist Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) as head of a traditionally black university residence hall sets up a campus culture war that challenges conventional notions of what it means to be black. While Sam leverages her notoriety as host of the provocative radio show ‘Dear White People’, outgoing head-of-house Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell), son of the university’s dean (Dennis Haysbert), defies his father’s lofty expectations by applying to join the staff of ‘Pastiche’, the college’s influential newspaper. Meanwhile, Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams), an Afro-sporting sci-fi geek, is recruited by the otherwise all-white student paper to go undercover and write about black culture—a subject he knows little about—while the aggressively assimilated Coco Conners (Teyonah Parris) tries to use the controversy to carve out a career in reality TV.

But no one at Winchester University is prepared for Pastiche’s outrageous, ill-conceived annual Halloween party, with its “Unleash your inner Negro” theme fanning an already smouldering fire of resentment and misunderstanding. When the party descends into riotous mayhem, everyone must choose a side…


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Directed by 

Justin Simien



Adriana Serrano


Executive Producers

Leonid Lebedev

Stephanie Allain


Associate Producers

Kelly Lauren Black

Mel Jones

Rachelle Elisabeth



Angel Lopez

Ann Le

Deniese Davis

Effie Brown

Julia Lebedev

Justin Simien

Lena Waithe


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Main Cast

Tyler James Williams

Tessa Thompson

Kyle Gallner

Teyonah Parris

Brandon P. Bell

Brittany Curran

Justin Dobies

Marque Richardson

Malcolm Barrett

Dennis Haysbert

Peter Syvertsen

Brandon Alter

Kate Gaulke

Brian James

Kieth Myers

Bryan Daniel Porter

Terry Hempleman

Naomi Ko

Ashley Blaine Featherson

Jemar Michael

Courtney Sauls

Casey Millard

Avery Bilz

Baratunde Thurston

Craig Stepp

Michelle Wong

Nia Jervier


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