Amandla Stenberg makes a break-out performance as Starr Carter in George Tilman Jr.’s hard-hitting drama, The Hate U Give – based on Angie Thomas’ best-seller of the same name – which comes to Sky Store this week.
Growing up can be hard at the best of times, but for Starr Carter – a high-school student with aspirations to get away from her old life – her teenage years have become a constant battle to keep her home-life in an impoverished, predominantly black neighbourhood and the world of the wealthy, predominantly white prep school separate.
When her friend Khalil is killed by a cop on the way back from a party, Starr is whipped up in a national media-storm and must keep her involvement as a witness in the case a secret. But when the main-stream media and the criminal justice system betray Khalil’s memory and the wider black community of Garden Springs, Starr must find her voice and stand-up for what’s right.
Marvel’s Anthony Mackie heads a talented supporting cast that bring out the best in newcomer Stenberg’s performance, with Regina Hall, Russel Hornsby and rapper and actor Common all featuring.
The Hate U Give – Available on Sky Store now.