Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah
  • 2021
  • US
  • 2h 6min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Shaka King
  • Written by: Will Berson, Shaka King
  • Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Lil Rel Howery, Algee Smith, Martin Sheen
  • UK release: 11 March 2021

Bill O'Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) goes undercover to join the Black Panther Party with an in provided by the FBI. As Party Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) rises in influence and falls for a fellow revolutionary, a battle begins for O'Neal's soul.

Read review

Performance times

This film is not currently showing in cinemas.

Judas and the Black Messiah is a powerful and gripping debut feature from director Shaka King, which was nominated for 6 Oscars at this year’s ceremony, including Best Picture.

The film tells the true story of the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers, Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) and the man who would betray him, Bill O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield). Both actors give intense, heart-breaking performances and were each nominated for Best Supporting Actor, with Kaluuya ultimately winning. 

“Propulsive and riveting viewing…”

When the story starts, O’Neal is a highly-strung petty car thief, who, in return for being kept out of jail, agrees to act as informant on the Black Panthers for the FBI. He begins working his way through the ranks of the Black Panthers, inching ever closer to Hampton, the charismatic, magnetic figurehead who galvanizes a passionate public beaten down by oppression with his incendiary speeches. There is an engrossing push and pull between the two characters and as O’Neal becomes more and more entangled with the Panthers and their struggle, his loyalties become increasingly unclear. 

After the murder of George Floyd last year and the subsequent protests across the globe, this is an impassioned, arresting film, which, despite its 1960s setting, is painfully relevant today. Propulsive and riveting viewing, even as it nears its inevitably tragic conclusion, it never loses sight of the two very real men at its core, brought to life by two very special performances.

When you’re booking your cinema ticket you’ll notice the cinema has been divided into ‘bubbles’ in order to maintain social distancing. You won’t be able to book part of a bubble, but you can book more than one: for instance a group of four can book two bubbles of two. Each bubble may only be occupied by a single household: if you're visiting with people from another household they should book a separate bubble. 

If you can’t find a combination of seats that suits your group please get in touch and we’ll try to help, although capacity is very limited in all screenings.

If you need to book one of our wheelchair seats please contact our box office team on 01382 432 444, or email dca@dca.org.uk.

Text supplied by third party.

Reviews & features

Best films to stream this week: 23 Jun

23 Jun 2021

Our weekly guide to the best films available on home entertainment platforms

The future finally seems to be looking brighter but, with plans still feeling precarious and our viewing habits perhaps permanently changed, we'll keep casting our expert eye over the newly arrived films on TV and streaming services each week, bringing…

Best films to stream this week: 17 Mar

17 Mar 2021

Zack Snyder's Justice League features in our weekly home entertainment guide

Here at The List we tend to look forward to what's on the horizon but, with entertainment options limited, knowing what to watch right now in the comfort of your home is still much needed. To help ride out these challenging times, we'll keep casting our…

David Fincher's much-admired Mank is out in front as the Oscar nominations are announced

15 Mar 2021

Nomadland, Minari, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Judas and the Black Messiah, The Father and Sound of Metal also feature heavily

The hype surrounding the biggest global celebration of film certainly feels less pronounced this year, with fewer big names starring in or helming prestige titles. Although partially a consequence of Covid disruption to the release schedule (alongside a…

Judas and the Black Messiah

9 Mar 20214 stars

Daniel Kaluuya is sensational in the fascinating story of Black Panther Fred Hampton and the man who betrayed him

A Golden Globe-winning Daniel Kaluuya is utterly electrifying in this riveting look at revolutionary politics and the most galling of betrayals. It's the story of Fred Hampton, a pivotal figure in the Black Panther Party during the late 60s, who reached…

Tell us more about this listing.