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Stephan James – If Beale Street Could Talk

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Actor Stephan James on love, racial injustice and black masculinity in Barry Jenkins’ screen adaptation of James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk.

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PODCAST| Sarah Bradbury interviews Stephan James, actor of the film If Beale Street Could Talk.

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We sat down with American actor Stephan James to discuss the themes of love, racial injustice and black masculinity in Barry Jenkins’ screen adaptation of James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk ahead of its UK release.

If Beale Street Could Talk: For the follow-up to his Oscar-winning Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins chose to adapt the 1974 James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk. The film tells the story of Tish and Fonny, played by KiKi Layne and Stephan James, whose childhood friendship blossoms into romance until a cruelly unjust criminal system allows Fonny to be jailed for a crime he didn’t commit. A strong supporting cast – Regina King, Colman Domingo – completes a beautifully crafted, visually powerful and elegiac screen version of a tale that carries with it timely themes of racial justice as well as a belief in love trumping all else.

To discover more about the film, click here.

  • Reporter
    Sarah Bradbury
  • Guest
    Stephan James
  • Interviewee role
    Actor
  • Film title
    If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Festival section
    UK release
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