Magazine article Screen International

The Interrupters Interrupted

Magazine article Screen International

The Interrupters Interrupted

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The Curzon Soho screening of Steve James doc was plunged into darkness last night....

As violence escalated in London last night I was watching another powerful story of disaffection and spiralling violence, Steve James' Sundance hit and Sheffield Doc/ Fest winner, The Interrupters.

The tragic story of gun violence among disaffected youth in Chicago was riveting and shocking in equal measure. As ever, James came at his subject intelligently and painted a deeply moving picture, alive with a cast of compelling and brave characters. However, the audience were only treated to the first half of the documentary as the Curzon Soho was plunged into darkness one hour into the busy screening.

As we filtered out onto the street, we realised we weren't alone in our blackout as all local shops, restaurants and businesses in the area were without power. …

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