Reggae Film Season Coming To BFI

    This August BFI Southbank celebrates Reggae music and culture and explores its relationship to Cinema with a month-long season – From Jamaica to the World: Reggae on Film.

    The season coincides with 60 years of Jamaican independence from Great Britain, a period in which the new nation remade itself culturally and creatively as well as politically.

A highlight of the season will be the BFI Distribution 50th anniversary re-release of classic crime drama The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell, 1972), in selected UK cinemas.

Screening on extended run and on BFI Player from 19 August will be Menelik Shabazz’s trailblazing film, Burning an Illusion (1981).

Also screening will be Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend (2011), a fascinating documentary mostly comprised of photos and footage shot before the Wailers had any taste of success. Director Esther Anderson.

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There will also be an event dedicated to exploring dancehall culture on 6 August.

Fascinating music documentaries screening will include Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, about the legendary UK music label.

Rudeboy tells the story of reggae’s early international development.

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Inna De Yard follows a group of reggae veterans including Cedric Myton, Ken Boothe, Judy Mowatt and Lloyd Parks.

One third of the Wailin’ Wailers and a solo star in his own right, Peter Tosh was one of roots reggae’s most ferociously militant artists, whose story is told in Steppin’ Razor: Red X.

Rockers begins with drummer Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace buying a motorbike so that he can distribute records to sound systems.

This season is presented by African Odysseys, which celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2022.


Source: Music News
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