Directed by Marlon T. Riggs, Tongues Untied polarised critics with its unapologetic portrayal of black gay experience in America
After its1989 release and subsequent screening on public television, Tongues Untied polarised critics with its unapologetic portrayal of black gay experience in America.
Part documentary, part performance, it was described as ‘the film we have been waiting for’ by critic Cary Alan Johnson and vilified as a misuse of public funds by right-wing presidential hopeful Pat Buchanan. Such divided opinions were testament to the film’s lasting impact as a powerful depiction of the ongoing black liberation movement, twinned with devastation of the AIDS crisis.
30 years on, the poetry of Marlon T. Riggs himself, as well as performances from Essex Hemphill and Brian Freeman, comprise a unique record of a critical historical moment with fierce intelligence, virtuosic rhythm and courageous hope that still stuns today.
Please note that due to unforeseen material issues, we have had to postpone the UK release of Tongues Untied from this coming March to later in 2020. More details to be confirmed as soon as possible. Apologies for any disappointment caused.