BFI have announced earlier this morning that they’ve added Regina King’s directorial debut, One Night In Miami, to the line-up of the upcoming 64th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express.
Based on the 2013 stage play by Kemp Powers, the film is set on the night of the 25th February 1964, following a young Cassius Clay – before he became Muhammad Ali – as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center the new World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Against all odds, he defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world. While the crowds of people swarm Miami Beach to celebrate the match, Clay – unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws – instead spends the night at the Hampton House Motel in one of Miami’s historically black neighbourhoods celebrating with three of his closest friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and football star Jim Brown. The next morning, the four men emerge determined to define a new world for themselves and their people.
Kingsley Ben-Adir released a statement about the announcement of the films addition to the festival, saying:
I’m thrilled that One Night in Miami will screen as part of this year’s London Film Festival. The conversation that takes place between these great men in this movie is as important now as it’s ever been. It’s extra special being at home, in London, celebrating Regina King’s directorial debut and even more poignant that we premiere this film during Black History Month.
BFI London Film Festival director, Tricia Tuttle, also released a statement saying:
It’s an honour to be presenting the UK premiere of Regina King’s hugely accomplished directorial debut. It’s a tour de force combining razor-sharp writing from Kemp Powers, 4 performances of gut-punching power from the male co-leads, including Londoner Kingsley Ben-Adir, and truly impressive direction from King.
Amazon Studios recently acquired the drama prior to its debuts at Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. While I was initially excited to learn that the film was added to the lineup, that excitement quickly burnt out upon learning that the film will be screening at BFI Southbank cinemas only on Sunday 11th and Monday 12th October, which you can see here. Tickets are open to the public on Monday 21st September.
One Night In Miami stars Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr., Lance Reddick, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Michael Imperioli and Beau Bridges.