In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school called Haldwell, the student body is run by five factions. Seventeen-year-old Selah Summers (Lovie Simone) runs the most dominant group dubbed as the Spades, with unshakable poise. They cater to the most classic of vices and supply students with coveted, illegal al—ol and pills.
As tensions between the factions escalate, and when Selah’s best friend and right hand Maxxie (Jharrel Jerome) becomes distracted by a new love, Selah takes on a protégée – a sophomore named Paloma (Celeste O’Connor), to whom she imparts her wisdom on ruling the school.
But with the upcoming graduation and Paloma proving an impressively quick study, Selah’s fears turn sinister as she grapples with losing the control by which she defines herself.
Selah and The Spades is a 2019 American drama film, written and directed by Tayarisha Poe, her first feature film. It stars Lovie Simone, Celeste O’Connor, Jharrel Jerome, Gina Torres, and Jesse Williams.
- Starring : Lovie Simone / Gina Torres
- Genre : Drama
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Tayarisha Poe
- Production : Argent Pictures / Novel Pictures / MVMT / Cinereach / Secret Engine
- Distributor : Amazon Studios / Amazon Prime Video
Selah and The Spades movie
Selah and The Spades release date
- January 27, 2019 : USA (Sundance Film Festival)
- November 19, 2019 : USA (AFI Fest)
- February 15, 2020 : Canada (TIFF Next Wave Film Festival)
- April 17, 2020 : USA (internet)
Selah and The Spades cast
- Lovie Simone as Selah
- Celeste O’Connor as Paloma
- Jharrel Jerome as Maxxie
- Gina Torres as Selah’s mother
- Ana Mulvoy Ten as Bobby
- Jesse Williams as Headmaster
- Benjamin Breault as David
- Cody Sloan as Cooper
- Evan Roe as Two Tom
- Rae Bell as Lulu
- Nekhebet Kum Juch as Nuri
- Francesca Noel as Amber B
- Henry Hunter Hall as Tarit
- Krish Bhuva as Mooks
- Debbie Aboaba as Ilana
- Jessie Cannizzaro as Narrator
Writer and director Tayarisha Poe gives a vivid depiction of teenage politics in her feature debut. The movie encapsulates just how intoxicating power can be for a teenage girl who acutely feels the threat of being denied it. Newcomer Lovie Simone’s brilliant performance embodies both Selah’s publicly impeccable command and the internal fears and uncertainty that drive it.
The film was purchased by Amazon Studios in July 2019 for distribution and further development of an original series based on the same story.
Selah and The Spades had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival on January 27th, 2019. It is scheduled to be released on April 17, 2020, by Amazon Studios.
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