*** Read my five-star review ***
Featuring a powerhouse performance from Alfre Woodard, Clemency is out on 17 July.
The film screened at last year’s London Film Festival then seemed to disappear, though it pops up on many people’s “who should have been nominated for an Oscar but wasn’t” lists.
Woodard plays Bernadine Williams, a prison warden who has become ground down by the executions she has had to witness. Aldis Hodge co-stars as Anthony Woods, an inmate on Death Row whose execution date is approaching.
Clemency was written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu, who became the first Black woman to win the US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2019 with the film. (You can read my 5-star review of Clemency and watch the trailer here.)
Clemency is the first film from new distributor Bohemia Media, which has been set up to focus on films from under-represented filmmakers.
They’re releasing Clemency on their own bespoke film streaming platform, which will allow viewers to select a local cinema to receive an equal split of the revenue. The film will also be available on Curzon Home Cinema.