Celebrating Sidney Poitier

Fri 29 Apr — Sun 15 May 2022

The Garden Cinema celebrates the life and career of Sidney Poitier with a selection of our favourite performances. If you would like us to screen a Sidney Poitier film not included in the season, please get in touch.

Blackboard Jungle 12A

USA, 1955, Richard Brooks, 101m
Sydney Poitier is one of the rebellious pupils at a mixed inner-city school who collectively confront their new teacher (Glen Ford)… Read More

In the Heat of the Night 12A

USA, 1967, Norman Jewison, 110m
Set in the racist South (Sparta in Mississippi), Sidney Poitier, a police officer from the North, investigates a murder case in… Read More

Cry, The Beloved Country PG

USA, 1951, Zoltán Korda, 103m
Based on Alan Paton’s novel, this powerful film focuses on the heart-wrenching struggles to survive in a society viciously divided by… Read More

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner PG

USA, 1967, Stanley Kramer, 108m
Opportunities for black actors was improving at the end of the 1950s, and Sidney Poitier was the first black leading man… Read More

The Defiant Ones U

USA, 1958, Stanley Kramer, 96m
Nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Stanley Kramer’s The Defiant Ones broke new ground by delivering its message of… Read More

To Sir, With Love 12A

UK, 1967, James Clavell, 107m
Sidney Poitier is the novice teacher in a tough working-class school in East London.  He faces a class of undisciplined and… Read More

Past Screenings