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Letitia Wright serves looks as she joins Steve McQueen at socially distant Mangrove premiere

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Mangrove cast

The cast of Mangrove celebrated the movie’s opening (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Letitia Wright and her Mangrove co-stars have been serving looks at the premiere for the movie as it opens at the London Film Festival.

The movie, based on famous Black activists the Mangrove Nine, has opened the 64th London Film Festival.

The Black Panther star, who appears as Altheia Jones-Lecointe in the film rocked a pink suit as she grinned away on the red carpet.

Posing alongside director Steve McQueen, the star was clearly not too fazed by the social distancing restrictions in place, with the pair sweetly presenting each other to the cameras Will Smith style.

Malachi Kirby, who plays Darcus Howe, looked dapper as he took to the red carpet, while Rochenda Sandall stunned in a white suit.

Letitia, Malachi and Rochenda are joined by the likes of Shaun Parkes, Gary Beadle and Gershwyn Eustache Jr for the flick, with the cast and director also being snapped by photographer Misan Harriman to celebrate the movie’s opening.

Steve McQueen and Letitia Wright

Steve McQueen and Letitia Wright were all smiles at the socially distant premiere (Picture: David Fisher/REX)

Actress Letitia Wright attends the European premiere of Mangrove, on the opening night of the BFI London Film Festival, at BFI Southbank, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ LFF. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Letitia Wright stars in the true story drama (Picture: PA)

Actor Shaun Parkes attends the European premiere of Mangrove, on the opening night of the BFI London Film Festival, at BFI Southbank, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ LFF. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Shaun Parkes looked dapper (Picture: PA)

Actress Rochenda Sandall attends the European premiere of Mangrove, on the opening night of the BFI London Film Festival, at BFI Southbank, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ LFF. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Rochenda Sandall stunned in a white suit (Picture: PA)

Actor Malachi Kirby attends the European premiere of Mangrove, on the opening night of the BFI London Film Festival, at BFI Southbank, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 7, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ LFF. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Malachi Kirby plays Darcus Howe in the film (Picture: PA)

The Small Axe film, which is based on a true story, follows the Mangrove Nine, who clashed with London police in 1970, and the trial that followed the conflict, with the movie marking 50 years since the protests.

The Nine protested against the police for the targeting of the Mangrove Restaurant in Notting Hill, with all of them being tried and eventually acquitted after a 55-day trial.

It became the first judicial acknowledgement of behaviour motivated by racial hatred within the Metropolitan Police.

Steve previously told The Guardian of Mangrove: ‘You know what’s interesting is that this is important British history, not just black history or West Indian history – this is important English-British history.’

Rochenda went on to say: ‘It should be part of the curriculum. The only way forward is getting a 360-degree view of everyone’s history in this country. It has been whitewashed for too long.’

Director Steve is best known for his work on 12 Years A Slave, and has also directed the four other films in the Small Axe anthology –  Lovers Rock, Red, White and Blue, Education, and Alex Wheatle.

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