Thursday, 2 August 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 218: Mon Aug 6

Rockers (Bafaloukos, 1978): CAFE 1001, 91 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, 6.30pm

The Berlin Film Society is celebrating fifty years of Jamaican Independence by hosting two exclusive screenings of the cult Jamaican classic, ‘ROCKERS’ (1978), in two different cities. Marking the Society’s first international venture outside of Germany, the Berlin FIlm Society is excited to present this unique film at CAFE 1001 in London on Jamaican Independence Day itself, Monday 6th August, followed by an after party featuring the front-runners of the British new-wave reggae revival, the 8-piece sensation, The Drop.

A cult classic, the film 'Rockers' is, for many, the best Jamaican film of all time, outdoing its well-known predecessor, the 1972 hit, 'The Harder They Come'. Originally envisioned as a documentary of Rastafarian culture in Kingston, Jamaica, the film evolved into a full-length feature telling the story of Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace as he tries to make it as a record distributor and musician. The film is a visually stunning slice of Jamaican culture, boasting a simplicity and authenticity that is rarely achieved in motion pictures. With a stellar cast of Reggae legends, a soundtrack that'll keep you jammin' for days, and a feel-good vibe, this film is a must.

Time Out review: 'A Trenchtown variant on Robin Hood, with dreadlocked drummer Horsemouth (Wallace) up against the local minor-league mafia. An excellent soundtrack (Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Bunny Wailer, etc), and an endearingly witty script which digresses through explanations of the Rasta faith and countless idiosyncratic solidarity rituals, make for a delightful piece of whimsy.'Frances Lass

Here is an extract.

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