Sight & Sound, the BFI’s international film magazine, today announces Jordan Peele’s debut Get Out as the clear winner in the most anticipated and respected critics’ opinion poll: Sight & Sound’s Film of the Year.
The much raved about horror film, Get Out, released in March, addresses race in America in a refreshing, funny and unflinching manner. Cult comedian Jordan Peele has spoken about the timing of his film, following the presidency of Barack Obama and the killing of Trayvon Martin by police, sparking race riots and civil unrest. While playing with classic horror film tropes, the film references the taboo of inter-racial couples, the slave trade, suburban racism and police brutality.
Final SS Film of the Year 2017
Race relations feature strongly in this year’s list, including in the documentary I Am Not Your Negro which was voted by poll contributors in joint 16th place. Directed and written by Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck the documentary is based on American writer James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House which reminiscences about the civil rights leaders Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. among others. Also in joint 16th is Dee Rees’ period drama,Mudbound. Set after the Second World War the film centres on legal racism and violence inflicted on black people in the American South. The film stars Mary J. Blige alongside Carey Mulligan, and following screenings on the festival circuit, including its European premiere at BFI London Film Festival, was made available through Netflix last month.
The full results are available in the January 2018 issue of Sight & Sound and online at www.bfi.org.uk/best-films-2017