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Being Blacker + Q&A

  • Harris Academy South Norwood 2 Cumberlow Avenue London SE25 6AE (map)

Dir. Molly Dineen • 2018 • UK • 90 mins • Cert 15

After a ten-year absence, acclaimed filmmaker Molly Dineen is back with a new feature documentary: Being Blacker; an intimate, 90-minute portrait of Jamaican-born reggae producer, businessman, father, son, and pillar of the Brixton community, Blacker Dread.

40 years after featuring in Dineen’s first film, Blacker invites Dineen to film his mother’s funeral opening the door to his life at a time of great personal crisis. As the story unfolds, and Blacker faces his first prison sentence, he reflects on the issues that have dogged his last 40 years here in the UK; inequality, poverty, crime, and racism, and why he sent his youngest child back to school in Jamaica.

Made with intimacy and warmth, the film takes us deep into Blacker’s world and, through his eyes, offers a rarely-heard perspective on life in Britain today.

This film is F-Rated - find out more about why we choose to F-Rate our films.

We are delighted to welcome Blacker Dread himself, alongside the film’s director Molly Dineen, for a special Q&A after the film.

Part of the South Norwood Community Festival (25 - 30 June 2018).

Plus "One English Winter", a short film by Cheryl Marshall & Katy Milner. George Beckford, a Jamaican and citizen of The Great British Empire, arrives in post-war London eager to help rebuild the Motherland and perhaps build a new life.

Refreshments available, including hot and cold non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks. You will also be able to purchase delicious hot pies from local food trader Eli & Pie, costing £2.50 each with both meaty and vegetarian fillings available!

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