If Beale Street Could Talk

Screening on 10th April as Deckchair Cinema's Official Opening Night!

Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple's unbreakable bond and the African-American family's empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, If Beale Street Could Talk honors the author's prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.


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Benjamin Lee review - The Guardian

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“ Just as the novel version of If Beale Street Could Talk moves between love story and protest novel, a balance Baldwin strikes throughout many of his works, Jenkins' adaptation uses flashbacks to oscillate between two worlds.”


“Here is a film almost woozy with its own beauty and dignity, a film going transcendently high in the face of a racist world going low.”

The Guardian

Show Time(s)

Add to Calendar 7:30pm,
Wednesday 10 April
Deckchair Cinema

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Add to Calendar 9:30pm,
Saturday 13 April
Deckchair Cinema

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Add to Calendar 7:30pm,
Monday 22 April
Deckchair Cinema

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Barry Jenkins



Running Time

117 minutes


Country of Origin