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The following short film will screen just prior to The Story of Lover's Rock:
Joyce & Herman: In Stereo
An animated short starring a warm West Indian couple that now live in London. Joyce, 69, and Herman, 70, talk about their own experiences, arriving in 1960s England by boat. They dispute what really happens when we die and spell out the things that matter most in life!
Directed by Keston Neunie.
8 mins 35 sec | UK | 2011
September 5, 2012Film
Often dubbed "romantic reggae," lover’s rock is a unique genre of British music, developed against a backdrop of racial tension, the Brixton riots and sound systems in the late '70s and '80s. It went from being a small UK scene to become a global phenomenon that defined a generation through artists such as UB40 and Maxi Priest.
Directed by award-winning director/producer Menelik Shabazz, The Story Of Lover’s Rock combines comedy, live performance, interviews and archival footage to shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Contributors to the documentary include UB40, Maxi Priest, Levi Roots, Linton Kwesi Johnson, comedians Angie Le Mar, Robbie G and Eddie Nestor, alongside new artists such as Ava Leigh and Lovella Ellis.
Best known for his award-winning feature film Burning an Illusion, Menelik Shabazz is one of the pioneers of black British cinema. The Story of Lover's Rock marks his return after a 30-year absence from cinema.
Directed by Menelik Shabazz
96 minutes | UK | 2011
Ticket price includes admission to the Gala Opening Reception and Opening Film Screening. (For tickets to see the film screening only, please contact the Box Office at 416-973-4000.)
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