antebellum tongayi chirisa interview

When Zimbabwean actor Tongayi Chirisa first read Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz‘s script for Antebellum, he leapt at the chance to star in the ambitious horror parable. It was something new, envelope-pushing, and powerful, even if Chirisa is playing one of the most common roles offered to Black actors: a slave.

“I didn’t have any qualms or thoughts on that, because I judge the story by the context of what the script is trying to say,” Chirisa told /Film in a Zoom interview ahead of the VOD release of Antebellum. Chirisa takes on the role of Eli, a fellow slave a the plantation where Janelle Monae‘s character is trapped, who also bears suggestions of another life.

“I think he’s a representation of society,” Chirisa said. “He’s a representation of Black men, not only in America but the world over. I think society and the systems in America need to stop seeing Black people as stereotypes as tropes, or fantasy, or one dimensional.”

Read our interview with Chirisa below.

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antebellum lily cowles interview

It’s Lily Cowles‘ Sarah who gets to say the opening text of Antebellum: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” It’s a quote by William Faulkner around which directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz frame their horror film, the idea that racism is as well and truly alive as it was in the Antebellum South. But Cowles’ character, despite being a “woke” friend and ally to her Black friends, Janelle Monae‘s Veronica and Gabourey Sidibe‘s Dawn, is the one character who doesn’t really experience this during the film.

“I think that Sarah is a very realistic real woman,” Cowles told /Film in a Zoom interview ahead of the VOD release of Antebellum. “I think that so many people can and will relate to, and I hope that it is a call to action for women, for all for people to open their eyes to the ways that people of color experience microaggressions in a way that you know, white people don’t.”

Read our interview with Cowles below.

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antebellum jena malone and jack huston interview

Before 2020, drawing a connection between Gone with the Wind and the alt-right would seem flimsy at best. But not only did that already happen in our headlines, it’s happening in Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz’s horror film Antebellum. The upcoming psychological horror thriller from the first-time feature directors imagines a world where the pre-Civil War South and the present are intertwined. And the ones bringing those worlds together are Jena Malone and Jack Huston‘s characters Elizabeth and Captain Jasper, respectively. The unquestionable villains of the film, Elizabeth and Jasper are both a representation of the Antebellum South and current-day white supremacist movements like the alt-right, both of which Malone and Huston drew inspiration from while getting into the roles.

“It felt so important [to show] the crumbling facade of how racist and backwards Gone with the Wind really is, and just allowing that film to sort of be regurgitated into this higher, more elevated — like a completely different purpose,” Malone told /Film in a Zoom interview ahead of the VOD release of Antebellum.

“This is a magnifying glass on our history, and we need to own up to it, we need to face it, and we need to talk about it,” added Huston.

Read our interview with Jena Malone and Jack Huston below.

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antebellum review

There’s a big twist in Antebellum. Those who regard the mere mention of a twist to be itself a spoiler are going to have a lot of trouble with this one, as the twists and turns are baked into the narrative. The film simply wouldn’t exist without them. And while we wouldn’t dream of giving away what those big twists are, it’s safe to say that Antebellum lives or dies by how willing you are to play along with the film’s bag of tricks. Suffice to say, we won’t be giving away any of the film’s twists here – no more so than Antebellum‘s trailers have, at least.

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antebellum clip child

There’s a rule written down somewhere that says if you’re making a horror movie, you really should consider including at least one creepy child. It can be a boy or a girl, but usually, it’s a creepy girl. Antebellum certainly got the memo, because the clip below does indeed feature a creepy little girl. And just to make things extra creepy, she’s wearing old-timey clothes, so you know something is seriously wrong here.

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Antebellum clip

Ever since Antebellum came out of nowhere and surprised us with its first trailer in November, we’ve been eager to find out what exactly is happening in this mysterious new horror film. Now that we’re just under a month away from its newly-slated VOD release, Lionsgate is ramping up the movie’s marketing campaign with a new clip which seems to serve as a meta-commentary about the film’s mysterious premise.
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antebellum release vod

Antebellum, the mysterious horror thriller starring Janelle Monáe, is headed to VOD. The pic was originally supposed to open in theaters in April, but the coronavirus ended up making that impossible. After shuffling the date around a bit, Lionsgate has decided to release the film directly to Premium On-Demand release, debuting on all platforms on September 18.

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Antebellum Trailer

Lionsgate’s horror thriller Antebellum starring Janelle Monáe was originally meant to be released this spring, but the coronavirus pandemic shut down movie theaters everywhere and the studio pushed it back to late this summer. But here we are still dealing with COVID-19, and new theatrical releases are still being delayed, so Lionsgate has now delayed Antebellum again, this time with no new release date set. Read More »

antebellum trailer final

Antebellum was already on my must-see list, but after watching this new – and final trailer – I’m even more intrigued. There’s a lot we still don’t know about the horror pic from writer-directors Gerard Bush andChristopher Renz, but all the imagery released so far has been stunning, and this trailer is no exception. In AntebellumJanelle Monáe plays a modern-day woman who suddenly finds herself transported back-in-time to the Antebellum South. Watch the final Antebellum trailer below.

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Antebellum Trailer

The high concept horror thriller Antebellum was pushed back by Lionsgate from the initially planned April release due to the closure of movie theaters around the world. But now that business is starting to resume, and movie theaters could possibly be opening in July, the studio has the movie back on track for a release in August, and they’ve unveiled a new trailer. This new glimpse at the movie seems to offer some slight clarification about Janelle Monáe seemingly traveling in time. Read More »