Young Soul Rebels + Introduction 18

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This film was last shown on 13 October 2019

Youth culture meets identity politics in this part-thriller, part-gay love story set in London in 1977. Days before the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations, the hedonistic world of pirate radio DJs Chris and Caz is shattered when a close friend is killed while cruising in the local park. The black community think it’s the National Front, but the police pull Chris in as a suspect.

This beautifully crafted period piece, a bold and stylish debut feature from acclaimed artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, paints a rich, engrossing picture of late-'70s London. The city is a carefully mapped out social landscape, open to all but offering safety to none, as we are taken to a Dalston barber, east London council estates festooned with Union Jacks, West End offices, soul clubs and city parks.

This screening includes an introduction from Chardine Taylor-Stone, an award winning cultural producer, writer and feminist activist. Chardine is currently working on a book about Black Women in British Youth Subcultures.

1 hour 45 minutes


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