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Despite having been pulled from foster homes and given a privileged upbringing by his father’s wife Mary Anne, Adonis Johnson retains a desire to fight that is seemingly in his blood. Having seen firsthand the damage that boxing can do, Mary Anne is keen to protect Adonis from following in the footsteps of his father, Apollo Creed. Undeterred by her concern, Adonis quits his corporate job to pursue boxing professionally and heads to Philadelphia to seek his father’s friend and former rival, Rocky Balboa. While naturally talented in the ring, Adonis’ pride and quick temper are potential setbacks. Will his wish to succeed on his own merits without making use of his father’s name stand in the way of his success?
Activities to support debate, discussion and reflection alongside a screening from the Black Star strand.
Harrowing drama about a waitress becoming a boxer to fight her way out of poverty and forging a close relationship with her gruff trainer.
11+ years 132 mins
Powerful drama based on a shocking real life story that provoked debate and protest in America.
14+ years 82 mins
Fascinating documentary about the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" boxing match in Zaire, which also sheds light on Muhammad Ali's enduring appeal.
11+ years 83 mins
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We look at how 'Black Panther' places issues of race, gender, authenticity and representation at the centre of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Reading time 8 mins
After a bumper year of cinema, our Film Programming Assistant Michael runs you through the highlights, before revealing the whole team's Top 5 of 2016.
Reading time 10 mins
With the Olympic and Paralympic Games kicking off in Rio, our expert film programmers bring you a selection of their favourite sporting films.
Reading time 4 mins
A podcast for film club leaders. Film programmers Joe and Elinor discuss how film can be good for engaging with sports and sports stories.
Viewing time 13 mins
A selection of films which explore the highs and lows of celebrity culture on screen across the ages, from reality TV to heartbreaking documentaries and biopics.
No. of films15
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