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The Harder They Come (Free Screening - SOLD OUT)

  • Harris Academy South Norwood 2 Cumberlow Avenue London SE25 6AE (map)
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Dir. Perry Henzell • 1972 • Jamaica • Crime • 103 mins • Cert 15 • Free entry

**Please note that in the event of bad weather, this event will still go ahead and the film screening will be moved to a covered location**

We're celebrating Jamaican independence this August with a FREE community screening of Perry Henzell's explosive 1972 cult classic The Harder They Come - the first ever Jamaican feature film!

Starring reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff, the film follows the misadventures of rural Jamaican musician and antihero Ivan, who embarks on the long journey to Kingston in search of fame and fortune. After being betrayed by the music industry, Ivan finds himself at the hands of corrupt record producers and drug pushers, but rather than fail his dreams he lets nothing stand in his way; not even the law.

Riding on the wave of influential early 70s Blaxploitation films such as Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and Shaft, The Harder They Come boasts a rollicking reggae soundtrack that's guaranteed to get your toes tapping.

Join us before the main feature from 5pm for a pre-film shoobs celebrating the fine flavours and sweet sounds of Jamaica. Let us transport you to the heart of the Caribbean where you will experience the hustle and bustle of a Jamaican marketplace, brought to life by British footwear maestros Uptown Yardie.

Browse over a dozen stalls run by independent businesses selling a range of Afro-Caribbean products and crafts, and grab a bite from one of our food stalls serving jerk chicken, patties, sugar cane and much more. Stalls will include:

  • Dor's Kitchen & Bakery

  • House of Loulee

  • Ju-ice and Shakes

  • Mamasia

  • Moorish Caribbean grill

  • PureGoodness

  • Tafari Jewellery

  • Teah Wilson Department Store

  • United80

  • Woodford & Warner

Drinks will be provided by Signal Brewery.

We'll be getting the party started with a reggae sound system courtesy of DJ Croc, plus a live performance by London-based Reggae Choir.

For those of you with a yearning to stretch those vocal chords, the Reggae Choir will also be running a community workshop, which is open to all. No experience required - just a love of singing! This will start at 6.30pm with limited places available, so arrive early to secure your place.

And don't forget to wear your colours your pride to enter our best-dressed competition! Keep a look out for instructions on how to enter on the day 🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲

**This event is mostly SOLD OUT but we have a VERY LIMITED number of tickets available on the door, first come first serve, so get there early!***

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Important information

  • This is a cash-only event. There is a cash point in Tesco Express on South Norwood Hill (a 1-minute walk from our venue)

  • We would love to keep this event family-friendly, however, due to the film's certification, children under the age of 15 are not permitted to remain onsite after 8pm.

  • Please do not bring your own food and drink. There will be a range of food and drink stalls (including a licensed bar) available on site, which we are relying on to keep this event free.

  • You will be seated on a slopping grassy bank to watch the film, so picnic blankets and camping chairs are welcome! A limited number of chairs will be available - first come first served.

  • Temperatures will drop significantly after dark, so be sure to bring lots of layers to keep warm during the film screening!

  • Limited parking will be available in a temporary carpark to the right hand side of Stanley Halls on South Norwood Hill (follow our signs!).

  • No pets allowed.

5pm - Doors open / party starts!
6.30pm - Community workshop led by Reggae Choir (1-hour)
8pm - Reggae Choir live performance (15-minutes)
8.30pm - Screening of The Harder They Come
10.15pm - Film ends

Event supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

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