Sorry to Bother You, but black films deserve international distribution
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Though indie, Sorry to Bother You is far from a niche film. The leading duo are Lakeith Stanfield, famous for Donald Glover's wildly popular Atlanta as well as the Oscar winning Get Out (2017), and Tessa Thompson, who's taken the world by storm after her breakout role in Creed (2015) with Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Annihilation (2018). These bankable rising stars are supported by the likes of Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name, The Social Network), Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine Nine, Deadpool 2), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead, Okja), funnyman Jermaine Fowler, and Forest Whittaker himself. The synopsis states: "In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed."
re: the international distribution of #SorryToBotherYou :— Boots Riley (@BootsRiley) August 4, 2018
Even tho we'r outperforming a gang of other movies, distributors r claiming "Black movies" dont do well internationally and r treating it as such. There'r films that bombed here, that theyr distributing. Let em know wsup
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The BBC picked up Atlanta a ridiculous two years after its award winning first season aired in the U.S. - presumably realising that there in fact is an audience in the UK hungry for the story. Sorry to bother you, but if it comes down to it, I'll distribute the film myself. Black films deserve to be celebrated at least as much as any number of white films that get international distribution despite not doing well on their home turf. Riley ends his tweet with a call to action: "There'r films that bombed here, that theyr distributing. Let em know wsup" Here's a link to Riley's original tweet - use the hashtag #SorryToBotherYou to "Let em know wsup." Sorry to Bother You currently has no UK release date.