Venue: Number 70 Oxford RoadThu 30 May 2019

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A festival of crime films chosen by crime experts to give an alternative take on the contemporary problem of crime, justice and punishment in the 21st Century.


Spike Lee’s landmark film as writer and director features Lee, Danny Aiello, Rosie Perez, John Turturro, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Described as “smart, vibrant, and urgent without being didactic”, Lee’s film charts the tragic consequences which ensue when racial tension builds up in a Brooklyn neighbourhood on the hottest day of the summer.

This showing of Do the Right Thing will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the film’s release in the UK.

Introduction and Q&A

‘Tempers flare over trifles’ – In an introduction and Q&A, Gavin Bailey from Manchester Met will reflect on questions of identities, social cohesion, and race-based animosities. He will be joined by Dr Martin Flanagan from the University of Salford.


Gavin Bailey is a Research Associate with PERU in Manchester Met’s Department of Sociology. After a few years of running second-hand record shops, he moved into research for government and community organisations, eventually transitioning into academia. His work has examined communal conflict, racisms, extremisms and hate crime, and young people, youth culture and politics.

Dr Martin Flanagan co-authored The Marvel Studios Phenomenon: Inside a Transmedia Universe (2016, Bloomsbury), the first full-length scholarly study of the production entity, with Mike McKenny and Andy Livingstone. His doctoral thesis (Sheffield) was concerned with the cinematic relevance of Bakhtinian theories, and was published as Bakhtin and the Movies in 2009 with Palgrave Macmillan. Publishing regularly on comic book, superheroic and general contemporary Hollywood themes (Authorship, New Review of Film and Television Studies, IXQUIC, Reconstruction, and Closure journals), Flanagan leads the Film Studies BA at University of Salford, UK