Film still from <em>Being Blacker</em>

Film still from Being Blacker

Being Blacker

British Council John Grierson Documentary Series
  • Sun 21 Jun 2020
  • 4—5:40PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Rated exempt
  • Free entry
  • All welcome
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

The story of the renowned reggae record shop owner and music producer Blacker Dread, his extended family, friends and the wider Brixton community.

After a ten-year absence, acclaimed filmmaker Molly Dineen is back with a new feature documentary: Being Blacker; an intimate, 90-minute portrait of Jamaican-born reggae producer, businessman, father, son, and community pillar, Blacker Dread.

40 years after featuring in Dineen’s first film, Blacker invites Dineen to film his mother’s funeral opening the door to his life at a time of great personal crisis. As the story unfolds, and Blacker faces his first prison sentence, he reflects on the issues that have dogged his last 40 years here in the UK; inequality, poverty, crime, and racism, and why he sent his youngest child back to school in Jamaica.

Made with intimacy and warmth, the film takes us deep into Blacker’s world and, through his eyes, offers a rarely-heard perspective on life in Britain today.

UK, 2018, 90 min., Dir. Molly Dineen

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Film poster from <em>Being Blacker</em>

Film poster from Being Blacker

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