American Fiction (15)
2023 USA Dir. Cord Jefferson
Thelonius is a writer and academic who is struggling to get his finely crafted work published despite the publishing world’s message “black voices should be listened to”. When he puts out, as a prank and under a pseudonym, a trashy ‘ghetto’ novel full of cliches about drug dealers and pimps his publisher is ecstatic. Financial insecurity compels Thelonius to play along and accept the huge advance he is offered. A scathing and hilarious satire about the hypocrisy of the gatekeepers of American literature.
“Smart racial satire on the American publishing industry” Sight and Sound
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