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Young Soul Rebels [1991] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Valentine Nonyela, Mo Sesay, Dorian Healy, Frances Barber, Sophie Okonedo
  • Directors: Isaac Julien
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Ilc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZVDP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,273 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The music and club scenes of England in 1977 are recaptured in this tale of two young DJs at a pirate radio station. When a friend is murdered, they set out to find the killer - whose voice was recorded at the scene of the crime. Isaac Julien directs, with Valentine Nonyela, Dorian Healy, Frances Barber and Sophie Okonedo among the cast.

Review

'Young Soul Rebels...reclaims dance music from the late 70s media memory of snotty, snivelling white punk rock' --Ruth Picardie, City Limits --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Although this film was made in 1991, it's captured the feeling of the late 70's soul scene exactly. If you went to Global Village, Charring Cross on a saturday night in 1977 you will know what I mean. The songs bring tears to my eyes with sweet,happy memories of a fantastic time gone by.
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Artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien's first commercial, narrative feature film Young Soul Rebels was borne from a desire to depict the various youth movements around the Queen's Silver Jubilee of 1977, a time of great jingoistic pride, belligerent chauvinism and the counter narrative regarding the confusion for many young people, specifically ethnic minorities, regarding national identity and where their place in this anniversary celebrating Britain actually was.

Received wisdom is of course that the only counter narrative that mattered at that time was punk but Julien, who was there, knows differently and manages to place the spotlight specifically on black popular culture of that time and the underground movement of soul and funk music, as well as the gay scene at that time and shatters the myth that disco or dance music was a redundant white capitalist invention that punk would have you believe.

The film focuses on two soul boys and lifelong friends, straight mixed race Chris (Valentine Nonyela) and gay black Caz (Mo Sesay) who run a pirate radio station from a friend's garage and are keen to get ahead and introduce their mixture of soul and funk to more and more people in the London area - an area which is reaching boiling point thanks to the forthcoming Jubilee celebrations and the murder of a local gay black man (and mutual friend of Chris and Caz) out on the heath and its subsequent bullish police investigation.

On its release Young Soul Rebels was compared favourably to Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing, though in the long run one suspects this did more damage than good.
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As a gay man growing up in this time period I found this captured accurately the feelings of the time. The police were racist and homophobic thugs. Blair Peach had been killed and his murderer has still not been brought to book. Homophobia was rampant in society and racism was on the rise. The Jubilee was used by the authorities to bolster a flagging belief in the United Kingdom that was increasingly irrelevant and under question by devolution movements. Against this backstory we have a murder mystery. The music really captured the period. I remember this film from its original broadcast, it took me back both to the 1990s when it was made and to the 1970s when I was coming out. I am happy to recommend this.
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This is an old classic. Its got everything from great music, romance & a murder. This movie was revolutionary in the 80s involving black same gender loving characters in the UK.
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