Elegance Bratton, Gabrielle Union, and Jeremy Pope, the director/writer and stars of A24’s The Inspection stopped by Deadline’s TIFF Studio to talk about the being a part of a deeply personal journey, military training, and self-care.
The Inspection follows Ellis French (Pope), a young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother Inez (Union) and with few options for his future, who decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside. But even as he battles deep-seated prejudice and the grueling routines of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength and support in this new community, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape his identity and forever change his life.
Raúl Castillo, McCaul Lombardi, Aaron Dominguez, Nicholas Logan, Eman Esfandi, Andrew Kai, Aubrey Joseph, Bokeem Woodbine also star in the film. mEffie T. Brown and Chester Algernal Gordon served as its producers.
Watch the full interview above.