Young Soul Rebels  [DVD]
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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.
'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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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.Read more ›
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A bit of a Soul Boy classic, if you were 'clubbing' around the time this film is set? It will have even more relevance. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Graham W
Dont realy like this movie to all that was not very exiting i must say expect better.Published on 27 Feb. 2009 by Mr. Andrew