Green Book (12A)

Monday 18 March 7.30pm

 

Tickets: £7, concession £5

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New York City bouncer Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga is searching for new employment after the nightclub he works at is closed for renovations. He is invited to an interview with “Doc” Don Shirley, a black pianist who is looking for a driver for his eight-week concert tour through the Mid-West and Deep South. Don hires Tony on the strength of his references.

They embark with plans to return to New York on Christmas Eve. Tony is given a copy of the Green Book by Don’s record label: a guide for black travelers to find motels, restaurants, and filling stations that would serve blacks.

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 travelers written by Victor Hugo Green, to help them find motels and restaurants that would accept them.