David Oyelowo’s Shoot the Messenger (2006) gets BFI Blu-ray Release
A true landmark in the history of Black British film, SHOOT THEMESSENGER, a 2006 BBC Films production directed by Ngozi Onwurah(Welcome II the Terrordome), is presented on Blu-ray for the first time, released on 28 March by the BFI. Special features include three short films by the director and an illustrated booklet.
After reading a report that Black pupils from inner city schools are being failed by the education system, IT consultant Joe Pascale (DavidOyelowo, Selma) becomes a teacher at a secondary school in South London with the aim of challenging the system to break the biased culture. Joe’s use of discriminatory methods to ensure Black students are given extra tuition over their white counterparts and his outdated use of humiliation leads to rebellion among his pupils, one of whom falsely accuses him of assault.
Publicity and media attention follow Joe who finds himself branded a racist and it is only after a tumultuous journey of self-discovery that he comes to the understanding that race and cultural identity are merely a state of mind.