Boyz n the Hood

In cinemas 28 October 2016

Watch the trailer for Boyz n the Hood (1991).

Remarkably, Singleton was just 23 when he wrote and directed what is now recognised as a seminal film, one that was instrumental in ushering in a new phase of black filmmaking in the US. Set against the backdrop of early eighties South Central LA, the film focuses upon Tre Styles (Gooding Jr), a young man who is trying to navigate life in a community ravaged by drug addiction, poverty, gangs and police harassment. Hard-hitting and direct, Singleton’s story has an authenticity that is ably delivered by a fine cast, including Angela Basset, Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr and Ice Cube who brings to his acting debut the same presence and rawness that characterised his writing and rapping for the notorious and influential N.W.A. 25 years on from its first release, with racial tension between black communities and the police in the US at fever pitch, this film feels as urgent and relevant as ever.

Stuart Brown (Head of Programme and Acquisitions)

Supported by


28 October — 10 November
BFI Southbank

28 October — 3 November
Showroom Sheffield
Hackney Picturehouse
HOME Manchester
Rich Mix

3 November
Glasgow Film Theatre
Errol Flynn Northampton
Showcase Bristol Avonmeads
Showcase Derby Forresters
Showcase Dudley
Showcase Leicester
Showcase Manchester
Showcase Newham

4-6 November
Broadway Nottingham

4-10 November
Watershed Bristol

11-12 November
The Institute of Light Hackney

11-14 November
QFT Belfast

19 November
No.6 Portsmouth

23 November
Plaza Cinema Workington

3 December
Hyde Park Leeds

25-27 November
Tyneside Cinema

4 December
Electric Cinema Birmingham

4-5 December
Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford

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