Mogul Mowgli (15)
Fri 06 Nov 2020 - Thu 12 Nov 2020
See showtimes below
Thank you for all your wonderful support, energy and enthusiasm for Studio 74 and our film programme. It has been wonderful to welcome you back and to be sharing great films with you once more. We will be temporarily closing (again) from Thu 5 Nov and this screening has been postponed. Our box office team are getting in touch with all ticket holders to let them know their options.
We thank you for your patience as a reduced team works through these events. Stay tuned to our Front Room Phoenix as we have some excellent virtual cinema offers lined up for you, including exclusive Q&A events. We will keep in touch and be ready to welcome you back when it is safe to do so. Thinking of you all.
There is no denying that your return to the cinema will be a little different to usual. Find out more about the extra measures we have put in place and what you can expect from your trip to the cinema here >>
Dir. Bassam Tariq
2020 | 90 mins | UK, USA
Bassam Tariq’s visceral directorial debut, co-written with Riz Ahmed, finds a British-Pakistani rapper’s life spiralling out of control when, on the cusp of success, he succumbs to a debilitating illness.
Although his cutting lyrics speak provocatively about identity politics, it is not until Zed (Ahmend) returns home after two years on tour that he is called by his real name: Zaheer. But it is as the vulnerability of illness and his decreasing mobility that brings both focus and fragmentation – memories and hallucinations merge to the beat of Qawwali music and are haunted by fervent apparitions of a masked figure – conjuring the unspoken spectre of Partition, which looms large in his father’s unspoken words.
Further bruising Zed’s ego is his nemesis – RPG, a young rapper whose face tattoos and crass lyrics bewilder him. Both a paean to the importance of cultural heritage and a sharply observed reflection on muscle memory, the richness of Tariq’s achievement lies in the details of this heady mosaic.