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Childish Gambino Is Now an Auteur: Donald Glover and Rihanna Announce Release of "Guava Island"

NME

The film seems to be about a happy-go-lucky musician who's kidnapped by men in masks when all he wants to do is throw a music festival. Yeah, that sounds like Donald Glover.

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Donald Glover and Rihanna co-star in a "music-driven hour-long film" described as a "tropical thriller" that was inspired by City of God and Purple Rain, which sounds on-brand for Glover.

Guava Island, marketed as "A Childish Gambino Film," was written by Glover's brother and directed by Altanta collaborator Hiro Murai. Rihanna and Glover shot the film in Cuba, along with Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones) and Letitia Wright (Black Panther, Black Mirror). The movie was initially scheduled to be live-streamed on YouTube during Childish Gambino's set at Coachella this weekend. However, Amazon Prime announced that Guava Island will also stream for free beginning Saturday morning at 3:00 AM EST. The film will remain available on Amazon for 18 hours, but it will also stream once on Twitch at 8 PM EST Saturday night.

"On Guava Island, a local musician is determined to throw a festival for everyone to enjoy" reads the film's description. Last year, fans leaked early footage of a trailer that played during Childish Gambino's PHAROS festival. Between that and the brief official teaser released today, Guava Island seems to be about a happy-go-lucky musician who's kidnapped by men in masks when all he wants to do is throw a festival. Yeah, that sounds like Donald Glover.



Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher, and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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