Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Black Cinema Club Special

Tuesday 24th October

Join the South Lambeth Library Classic film club for a Black History Month special showing of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967: 104 mins) a film produced at a time when a third of American states barred marriage between Black and white people, making this formally conservative film extremely culturally radical.


Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn play the perplexed parents, Matthew and Christina, who are set to meet their daughter’s new fiancé, John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), a distinguished Black doctor. Christina accepts her daughter’s decision to marry John, but Matthew is shocked by this interracial union; the doctor’s parents are equally dismayed. Both families must sit down face to face and examine each other’s level of intolerance. Director Stanley Kramer creates a masterful study of society’s prejudices.

The film will be introduced by the Black Cinema Club with Q&A and kindly sponsored by the Vauxhall Nighttime Enterprise Zone.

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