Lovers Rock - World Premiere (2020)

  • Opening Night, Main Slate
  • 1h 8m
  • UK
Limited Viewing Period: Sep 17, 8:00 PM - 11:59 PM ET

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A movie of tactile sensuality and levitating joy, Lovers Rock finds the always daring Steve McQueen (Hunger, 12 Years a Slave) in an ecstatic yet no less formally bold mode. Produced as part of McQueen’s ambitious, multifaceted Small Axe, an anthology of decades-spanning films that alights on various lives in London’s West Indian community, the intoxicating, 1980-set Lovers Rock takes place largely over one night at a house party. While McQueen and co-screenwriter Courttia Newland have constructed their ethereal narrative around the growing attraction between Martha (newcomer Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn) and a brooding stranger (Micheal Ward), the film is equally about the rapture of music, specifically the reggae genre of the title—typified in the film’s swooning centerpiece set to Janet Kay’s euphoric 1979 single “Silly Games”—and the thrill and liberation of bodies in motion, miraculously photographed by Shabier Kirchner. An Amazon Studios release.

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Steve McQueen

Bonus Content

58th New York Film Festival Trailer

Preview 25 days of the best in world cinema.

Lovers Rock Intro

An introduction by Daniel Stern, Eugene Hernandez, Dennis Lim, and director Steve McQueen.

Lovers Rock Q&A

A conversation between Dennis Lim and director Steve McQueen.

Campari - Negroni Recipe

Enjoy an iconic drink along with the feature.

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