7:30 PM, 6th March, 2020
** PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ANU LAW REFORM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE AND FOLLOWED BY PANEL DISCUSSION **
Just Mercy tells the powerful true story of Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan), a young Harvard law graduate who shuns many lucrative jobs offers to head to Alabama where he works to defend the wrongly condemned. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillan (Jamie Foxx), an African-American man sentenced to die for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite all evidence pointing to his innocence. As he fights for Walter and others like him, Bryan encounters unabashed racism and a crooked justice system first-hand, which threaten to crush his youthful idealism.
An earnest, compelling dramatization of a real-life injustice, the latest film from director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) features strong supporting performances from the likes of Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson and Rafe Spall – but it’s Jordan and Foxx who deliver some career-best work that is not to be missed.