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Green Book (12A)

Monday 25 Feb 2019, 16:10

Funny, Moving and Inspiring story about race relations in the deep south of America. The film was nominated for Best Actor & Director at the Golden Globes.

Dr Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali, Moonlight)  is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen, Lord of the Rings), a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.

Directed by Peter Farrelly, the film was written by Farrelly, Brian Currie and Vallelonga's son, Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother.  The film is named after The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American travellers written by Victor Hugo Green, to help them find motels and restaurants that would accept them.

Director: Peter Farrelly

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Don Shirley, Linda Cardellini & Tony Lip

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