Steve McQueen's second Official Selection offering this year. The director made his Cannes début with Hunger (Caméra d’Or 2008) and is now back in Competition. Mangrove is the story of Notting Hill’s Caribbean locals and their fight for respect in the face of the police harassment that has been ongoing for years. The Mangrove Nine trial is told with grace by a cast of extraordinary actors and a camera that delves deep behind the scenes in a tale that has echoes in contemporary racial tensions.
the Selection Committee
The true story of a restaurant and its owner in London’s Notting Hill. It is 1970 and Frank Crichlow’s tiny restaurant The Mangrove is popular with the West Indians it serves, also a hub for the community of “small islanders” and a home away from home. Until the police commence a systematic series of attacks on the Mangrove and its customers, driving Frank slowly out of business. A protest march is organised in sympathy by the London Black Panthers, but when 300 police turn up against the 150 marchers, a violent affray ensues. Nine West Indians, including Frank, are arrested and sent to the Old Bailey for a show trial which lasts a gruelling 59 days. During this time there is humour and anguish, and the outcome seems a foregone conclusion.
Judge Edward Clarke
Steve MCQUEEN, Alastair SIDDONS
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