Published on March 8th, 2021 | by Damien Straker


Universal presents a film by Shaka King
Rating: MA15+
Run Time: 125 minutes
Release Date: in cinemas nationally from March 11
Social Media: #JudasAndTheBlackMessiah

This powerful film inspired by true events currently has a 96% critic and 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, with Daniel Kaluuya receiving a Golden Globe award and SAG award nomination for his electrifying performance.


FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons).

Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback). Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) commands? 


Judas And The Black Messiah Podcast, an official film companion hosted by Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and film critic Elvis Mitchell, was launched on February 12 with 5 episodes releasing weekly until March 12.

The podcast feed is available across major platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and Stitcher.


JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH: The Inspired Album includes original tracks “What It Feels Like” from Nipsey Hussle ft. Jay-Z as well as H.E.R.’s “Fight For You” which was nominated for Best Original Song – Motion Picture at the Golden Globes.

Available on all major digital music platforms including Spotify, Apple, and iTunes.

About the Author'

is a freelance writer and film critic. He studied at the University of Sydney and graduated with an Arts Honours degree in Film Studies. He is a pop culture aficionado and enjoys talking about all films, 90s TV shows, ninjas and watching Rugby League. His favourite film directors are Alfonso Cuarón, Clint Eastwood and Alexander Payne.

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