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Sir Steve McQueen says film industry will only be in good place when ‘crappy’ black-led films get released

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Sir Steve McQueen argues the film industry will be in a better place when ‘crappy’ black-led films are released (Picture: Getty Images)

Sir Steve McQueen argues that the film industry will only be in a good place once ‘crappy’ black-led films get a regular release.

The director said that it’s a rarity to see the release of commercially successful and critically acclaimed films featuring black stars and directors, such as Get Out and Black Panther, and therefore even rarer for the less good ones to get a release.

Speaking to Esquire UK at the virtual Esquire Townhouse event, he explained: ‘Things are rare… [Those films] they have to be super special good for them to come out.

‘So when we get crappy black films and we don’t think about it, then we’re in a good place.’

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Steve, who is best known for films such as Hunger and 12 Years A Slave, also revealed he has not watched the video of the death of unarmed black man George Floyd, which triggered Black Lives Matter protests across the globe.

He continued: ‘Black people live in a state of extremes. When you’re looking at an image of someone being beaten by the police, by the law, by the establishment and not being reprimanded, not being pulled up on it, not being charged time and time and time again, it does something to you inside.

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Steve revealed he has not seen the video of the death of unarmed black man George Floyd (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Mentally, physically, spiritually, it chips at you and I have not seen the George Floyd tape, I’ve not seen it actually, yet – I say yet, if I ever see it I’m not too sure if I will, I don’t know. Other things I have.

‘It’s the fact that, the pain that these things bring is tremendous, it’s not light. Even if you feel it doesn’t do anything to you, it is doing something to you. This is not a light thing.’

The 51-year-old added that he hopes the current anti-racism movement has helped to prompt real change and not just ‘symbolic gestures’ for the sake of it.

He said: ‘A man had to die with someone’s knee on his neck for over nine minutes, there had to be a global pandemic, there had to be millions of people marching on the street all over the world for people to think, “Hmm, maybe there’s something wrong here”.

‘If I have to do a somersault about a stamp on a Royal Mail envelope? I’m sorry, we want real change. I’m not interested in some kind of symbolic gesture.’

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