New York Film Festival

Bronx Drive-In: Lovers Rock

Wed Sep 23 8:00 PM

The Film

Lovers Rock

Steve McQueen | UK | 68

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.

Event Details

Along with drive-in screenings, Lovers Rock will screen virtually on September 17 beginning at 8pm ET for a four-hour window. The film will also have a virtual encore from October 3 at 8pm ET to October 5 at 8pm ET. Get tickets here and here.


Bronx Drive-In at The Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10460

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