Black Gold Presents Belly!

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Black Gold Presents Belly!
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The Royal’s newest screening series, BLACK GOLD, is back at it again, folks! Celebrating the best of black cinema and its heroes from then ‘til now, Black Gold is excited to present our July screening - the 1998 hip-hop classic cult film, BELLY!

Hype William’s directorial debut and only feature film to date, Belly is the visual and creative apex of his work as one of the best (if not THE best) music video directors in hip-hop history. Written by Williams, Nas, and Anthony Bodden, Belly follows, with unparalleled visual flair, the lives of two young New York criminals, Tommy “Bundy” Bunds (played by DMX), and Sincere “Sin” (Nas), and features T-Boz, Method Man, and Taral Hicks in supporting roles. While this was an age wherein rappers steadily came to infiltrate the world of film and television to mixed results, the strength of Belly’s casting lies in the fact that both DMX and Nas’ characters draw extensively from the real-life personas both rappers had come to cultivate over the course of their established musical careers.

While critically maligned at the time, Belly is without a doubt a movie you need to SEE, not just watch. Much more than “just a long music video,” with Belly Williams created a world which translated street nihilism into a vibrant, dark, and innovative visual aesthetic and took up themes regarding the prison industrial complex, the movement of drugs and violence into inner cities, black on black crime, black conceptions of beauty, religion and spirituality, and black diaspora. Belly’s embrace of rap and R&B music video aesthetics, much of which Williams had been at the creative helm of, is exactly the point - the film’s prodigious, ultraviolet opening sequence says it all.

Come through and stimulate your senses. We’ve got prizes!

8:00 PM: BELLY

Generously sponsored by Boosie Fade. Keep up to date with Boosie Fade: The Group!

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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.
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