On the penultimate day of the 62nd BFI London Film Festival was the premiere of The Hate U Give, George Tillman’s adaptation of the 2017 young adult novel by Angie Thomas, which follows a teenager (Amandla Stenberg) who witnesses the fatal police shooting of her childhood friend.

At the premiere, Stenberg stopped to tell us about the film, how she saw her character’s role and why she felt it was a crucial story to tell.

Director Tillman spoke to us about what inspired him to adapt the story for the screen and working with the lead actress.

The author Thomas was there herself, and discussed the relevance and importance of her novel and how it felt to see Stenberg bring it to life.

By Sarah Bradbury. First published on The Upcoming on 24th October 2018.
Video: Marta Starczynowska

The Hate U Give is released nationwide on  22nd October 2018. Read our review here.

For further information about the festival visit the official BFI website here.

Watch the trailer for The Hate U GIve here: