I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck's acclaimed film and book based on an unfinished James Baldwin project, has been named Best Documentary at the 2018 British Academy Film Awards.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peck and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film is based on Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King.

The film brings together Baldwin’s deeply personal notes for the project with his public statements and interviews to create a radical, powerful and poetic work on race in the United States – then, and today.

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The complete script of the film was published by Penguin Classics, and includes more than 40 black-and-white images from the film. Both the film and the book received critical acclaim upon release, with Rolling Stone noting the contemporal relevance of Baldwin's work, stating "I Am Not Your Negro turns James Baldwin into a prophet."

James Baldwin's Dark Days will be featured in Penguin Press' upcoming Penguin Modern series, released on Thursday 22 February. The series consists of 50 books from essential modern writers priced at £1 each, celebrating the ground-breaking authors who define the radical spirit of Penguin Modern Classics.

Meanwhile, Darkest Hour, based on the bestselling Anthony McCarten book of the same name (published by Viking) won two awards, including Best Actor for Gary Oldman's celebrated performance as Winston Churchill.

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  • I Am Not Your Negro

  • The New York Times bestseller based on the Oscar nominated documentary film

    In June 1979, the writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin embarked on a project to tell the story of America through the lives of three of his murdered friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. He died before it could be completed. In his documentary film, I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck imagines the book Baldwin never wrote, using his original words to create a radical, powerful and poetic work on race in the United States - then, and today.

    'Thrilling . . . A portrait of one man's confrontation with a country that, murder by murder, as he once put it, "devastated my universe"' The New York Times

    'Baldwin's voice speaks even more powerfully today . . . the prose-poet of our injustice and inhumanity . . . The times have caught up with his scalding eloquence' Variety

    'A cinematic séance . . . One of the best movies about the civil rights era ever made' Guardian

    'I Am Not Your Negro turns James Baldwin into a prophet' Rolling Stone

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  • Darkest Hour

  • From the prize-winning screenwriter of The Theory of Everything, this is a cinematic, behind-the-scenes account of a crucial moment which takes us inside the mind of one of the world's greatest leaders - and provides a revisionist, more rounded portrait of his leadership.

    May, 1940. Britain is at war, European democracies are falling rapidly and the public are unaware of this dangerous new world. Just days after his unlikely succession to Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, faces this horror - and a sceptical King and a party plotting against him. He wonders how he can capture the public mood and does so, magnificently, before leading the country to victory.

    It is this fascinating period that Anthony McCarten captures in this deeply researched, gripping day-by-day (and often hour-by-hour) narrative. In doing so he revises the familiar view of Churchill - he made himself into the iconic figure we remember and changed the course of history, but through those turbulent and dangerous weeks he was plagued by doubt, and even explored a peace treaty with Nazi Germany. It's a scarier, and more human story, than has ever been told.

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