YOUNG SOUL REBELS
A film by Isaac Julien
In the long hot summer of 1977, London prepared for the Silver Jubilee celebrations to the sounds of the burgeoning punk, soul and funk scenes.
Soul boys Chris (Valentine Nonyela) and Caz (Mo Sesay), a pair of pirate radio DJs, broadcast their show from a friend's garage, tussling with the local skinheads, and clubbing with Chris's sassy music-industry girlfriend Tracy (Sophie Okonedo). But social and sexual tensions in the community reach boiling point following the murder of a local black gay man.
Including its soulful soundtrack - with Funkadelic, X-Ray Spex, Parliament, Sylvester - and enthusiastic young cast, this Cannes Critics' Week prize-winner is an engaging and sensitive drama from acclaimed artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien.
- Original trailer
- Illustrated colour booklet with newly commissioned preface by Isaac Julien, essay by author and historian Stephen Bourne, and extract from Diary of a Young Soul Rebel
UK, France, Germany | 1991 | colour | English, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 105 minutes | DVD9 | Aspect ratio 1.77:1 (16x9 anamorphic) | Region 2 DVD
'Young Soul Rebels...reclaims dance music from the late 70s media memory of snotty, snivelling white punk rock' --Ruth Picardie, City Limits