THE 40-YEAR-OLD VERSION
★★★★ OUT 9 OCTOBER / NETFLIX / CERT TBC / 129 MINS
DIRECTOR Radha Blank,
CAST Radha Blank, Peter Y. Kim, Oswin Benjamin
Taking its cues from Spike Lee and Woody Allen, Radha Blank’s directorial debut is a whip-smart comedy shot on black-and-white 35mm. Radha (Blank) is a once-hot playwright and inner-city drama teacher who for years has been struggling to get her stage-play ‘Harlem Ave’ produced. Torn between staying true to her authentic self, or allowing the liberal colonialism of white producers and directors to dictate the lens through which she is supposed to caricature her community, Radha takes up rapping to vent her frustrations and find the creative freedom she has been yearning for. Endearing, erudite and dripping with humour, Blank serves up an authentic commentary on the artist’s struggle, from a perspective too often ignored, and delivers a lyrical love letter to New York.