While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, Slim and Queen, a young black couple are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates with sudden and tragic results, when Slim kills the police officer in self-defence. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the pair are forced to go on the run. However the incident was captured on video and once it becomes viral, they become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.
Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith give magnetic performances as the young couple under the direction of Melina Matsoukas – a music video director and frequent collaborator with Rihanna and Beyoncé. Melanie’s first feature is striking, described by Vibe as “an incredibly forceful film that signifies that a new generation of filmmaking stars are upon us”.
“Queen & Slim crackles with urgent anger and provocative swagger. A road movie with a lot going on under the bonnet.” – Empire ****