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Year: 2023 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.00:1 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Matt Johnson 
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Glenn Howerton, Matt Johnson  
An image from BlackBerry

With quick witted humour and intelligent writing, BlackBerry is a film which is as interesting as it is funny, offering a unique perspective on the development of every 2000s kids' favourite phone. This film is not content with giving the audience just a few laughs and calling it a day, as although the film offers a fictional account of the creation of Blackberry, it is a considered and interesting story with some reflection of reality. Anyone interested even slightly in the product development and marketing will find this film fascinating (looking at you, business students) as it explores the pitfalls and triumphs of such a competitive industry. This may seem dull to some viewers (looking at you, arts students) but this is where the sharp humour comes in to compliment the compelling story and elevate this film above merely being a dry business drama. The humour keeps the audience entertained throughout, making for a fascinating and hilarious film.

The story is based around the CEO of Research In Motion, Mike Lazaridis (Jay Baruchel) and co-founder Douglas Fregin (Matt Johnson), along with new co-CEO and investor Jim Balsillie (Glenn Howerton) as they create and begin to market the Blackberry line of phones. What follows is a complex and fascinating story about the rise and eventual collapse of Blackberry as their popular cultural significance goes from overwhelming to non-existent, to make for an absorbing attention grabber from start till finish.

James Patt

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Screenings of this film:

2023/2024 Autumn Term (digital)