book now: cinecity brings a one-off screening of horace ové’s reggae

One of the most exciting festivals is back next month and we can’t wait to see the line-up. Yes, you guessed it, Brighton’s Film Festival graces our screens from Friday 9th to Sunday 25th November and this year it’s going to be better than over. CineCity is back for its 16th edition and with patrons including Nick Cave, Paddy Considine and Steve Coogan, you know the films are going to be good. The full programme is announced on Thursday 18th October and tickets will be available from 10.00am on Friday 19th October.

Their friends over at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) have already released tickets to their line-up and this is one of our favourites.

Horace Ové’s Reggae
If you’re a dutty wine lover, then listen up, because this is the perfect way to celebrate 50 years of reggae, as a rare screening of Horace Ové’s classic film comes to ACCA. The Trinidadian filmmaker captured the emergent rebel reggae culture in a powerful documentary he made in 1971, celebrating reggae, a word coined by Toots and the Maytals a few years earlier with their legendary ‘Do the Reggay’ track. The Jamaican form of music gave a voice to the poor and dispossessed of the newly independent island, which we can see in Ové’s film about the movement. Mixing footage of Desmond Dekker, the Maytals and Millie Small performing at Wembley in 1970 with interviews of black British youth on their way to the festival, it’s a true celebration of reggae’s roots.

Music historian Kelly Foster will introduce the film, joined by Mykaell Riley (former singer with the reggae band Steel Pulse) on stage to discuss the origins of reggae within Jamaica and the impact it’s had on the rest of the world. After the film, you can stick around for a round-table talk with cultural curator Karina Horsham, the artist and playwright Michael McMillan and art historian Paul Goodwin, as they discuss the significance of Horace Ové’s work. After that afternoon of entertainment, you’ll be hot wuk-ing all the way home.

Sunday 11th November, 5.00pm; £5, £3 concessions
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Gardner Centre Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9RA

If you can’t make it along to that one, then get your eagle eyes over to this Friday 19th October at 10.00am when the tickets go on sale. Happy watching!