Watch the stunning trailer for Dee Rees’ Mudbound

It’s that time of year when thoughts inevitably start turning towards awards season, so let’s kick things off with a prediction of our own: Dee Rees’ Mudbound is going to win big in 2018.

The latest feature from the American writer/director behind Pariah and Bessie is set in the Deep South during World War Two, and follows two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta.

Henry (Jason Clarke) and Laura McAllan (Carey Mulligan) are farmers with grand ambitions whose faith is tested by circumstances beyond their control, while neighbours Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan, Mary J Blige) endeavour to build a small dream of their own – despite the harsh social prejudice they face.

The War upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live. It’s hard-hitting, timely stuff, and one of the year’s must-see new releases.

Mudbound arrives on Netflix and in select theatres on Friday 17 November, 2017

Published 6 Sep 2017

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