Directed by #MelinaMatsoukas Queen & Slim stars, Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Chloë Sevigny, Flea, Bokeem Woodbine, Indya Moore.
Slim and Queen’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer’s gun and shoots him in self-defence. Now labelled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. When a video of the incident goes viral, the unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people all across the country.
Director: Melina Matsoukas
Matsoukas started out at Black Dog Film, then the now-defunct Gorilla Flix film production company, and is currently a director at Prettybird, which she has been signed to since 2011.
Her work is described as, “chock full of bright colors or crisp black and white images, smooth spotlights, and tasteful retro video models.” Matsoukas says that expensive equipment is not necessary for a quality video and one should never think that way: “A good video has the right visuals, a well conceptualised story and should be exciting and elicit reaction.” In an interview for Venus Zine‘s Fall 2010 issue, she says about being part of the music video world, “I love it. The quick turnaround, the creativity.”
In 2016 and 2017, Matsoukas directed several episodes of the critically and publicly acclaimed television series Master of None and Insecure.
Matsoukas will make her directorial debut in film, with Queen & Slim, starring Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya, written by Lena Waithe. It is scheduled to be released on November 27, 2019, by Universal Pictures.
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, Flea, John Sturgill Simpson, Indya Moore
Screenplay by: Lena Waithe
Story by: James Frey, Lena Waithe
Producers: James Frey, Lena Waithe, Melina Matsoukas, Michelle Knudsen, Andrew Coles, Brad Weston, Pamela Abdy
Executive Producers: Pamela Hirsch, Daniel Kaluuya, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth