This week we are diving into the noughties dance classic, Save The Last Dance (2001), directed by Thomas Carter. The film stars Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington and Bianca Lawson. We chat about the songs in the film with music veteran, Mitchell Leib, who produced the soundtrack.
The film follows Sara, who moves to Chicago to live with her father after the sudden death of her mother. One of the few white people at her new school, Sara forms a relationship with Derek, a black teen from the South Side, where they bond over dance.
With 21 years of hindsight, we look back at some of the problematic areas of the story, and talk in depth with Mitchell about the production of a music soundtrack that holds its weight for over two decades.
Save The Last Dance is available to watch on Netflix UK.
Next week, we will be looking at Censor (2021), directed by Prano Bailey-Bond. Censor is currently streaming on Mubi and Amazon UK.
Transcript available here.
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