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Black Gold celebrates Laurence Fishburne: DEEP COVER!

  • The Royal Cinema 608 College Street Toronto, ON, M6G 1B4 Canada (map)

BLACK GOLD's 90s summer continues! Celebrating the best of black cinema and its icons from then 'til now, Black Gold invites you to join us Monday, July 30th to rejoice in the life and work of one of America's most underrated and highly gifted actors, the one and only Laurence Fishburne, with a screening of DEEP COVER!

Fishbourne, fresh off the heels of his iconic performance as patriarch Furious Styles in John Singleton's BOYZ N THE HOOD, is both phenomenal and determined here in his first starring role. He plays John, a police officer traumatized by having witnessed the death of his addict father as a child. A solitary man who lives a stringently clean, if not tortured life, John hopes to dedicate his professional life to a deeply moralist and above-the-board method of law enforcement. However, it is not long before his past leads him to be scouted for undercover work and what follows is a deeply conflicted infiltration of Hollywood's cocaine trade, its ties to international politics, and the continued troubled legacy of America's War on Drugs in the Bush era.

Amply fulfilling the promise shown in A RAGE IN HARLEM, director Bill Duke - an acting heavyweight himself (PREDATOR, MENACE II SOCIETY, ACTION JACKSON, AMERICAN GIGOLO, an early role in CAR WASH for gosh sake) - does a terrific job in spelling out the grim social implications of this exceptionally violent 1992 picture. What emerges is a powerhouse neo-noir thriller full of surprises, original touches, and rare political lucidity, all under the helm of a black director and black star. This is a movie that calls for actors with the gravitas to sell an inhumane amoralism alongside the ability to sincerely send up the film's camp elements - which, to that end, includes an impressive performance by Jeff Goldblum, just a year off from stealing the show in JURASSIC PARK, as Fishburne's criminal counterpart. 

P.S. It's Larry's birthday. Dress accordingly ;)

7:30 PM: PRE-SHOW
8:00 PM: FILM STARTS

There will be prizes!

Generously sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art and Eyesore Cinema!

RSVP FOR ACCESSIBLE SEATING:
We have 5 accessible sections in our theatre which you can reserve ahead of time by calling 416-466-4400 ext 0. One of our accessible seating areas has space for two mobility devices and a small section behind for the party to join. The other three are for single mobile devices with 2-3 seats beside it.

Please note that we do not have accessible washrooms. All of our washrooms are upstairs. 

Black Gold wishes to acknowledge the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, and, most recently, the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the original keepers of this land, for hosting Black Gold and The Royal Cinema. Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and present in this territory.