There’s something already iconic about Queen and Slim. The look of the film, the music, the dialogue, the scenario – and the names. So needless to say we felt pleased to be able to sit down with the actors who portray the aforementioned characters, with an exclusive interview with Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith.

Not only them, but we met the brains behind the project also, with a second interview with the screenwriter Lena Waithe, and director Melina Matsoukas. We spoke to them all about this iconic duo, we discuss the music choices, the theme of love, and Waithe explains why any film that features black protagonists is politicised. Kaluuya comments on his move to the making movies in the States, and of course, given Matsoukas’s ties in the music industry, we ask what it was like to direct Beyonce.

Watch both interviews below:


Slim and Queen’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer’s gun and shoots him in self-defence. Now labelled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. When a video of the incident goes viral, the unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people all across the country.

Queen and Slim is out in cinemas now