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The Harder They Come (Free Screening)

  • 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

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.

Wear your colours and join us before the main feature from 5pm for a pre-film shoobs celebrating the fine flavours and sweet sounds of Jamaica. Expect a reggae sound system, live music from London-based Reggae Choir and market stalls selling a wide range of Afro-Caribbean products and crafts.

For those of you with a yearning to stretch those vocal chords, the Reggae Choir will also be running a community workshop from 6pm, which is open to all. No experience required - just a love of singing! Keep an eye on this page for more information about how to take part.

In partnership with immersive events company We Are Parable and high end British footwear brand Uptown Yardie.

**Online tickets are now sold out**

A limited amount of remaining tickets are available to collect in person from one of our partnering businesses in South Norwood:

Important information

  • 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.

  • Limited parking will be available - please keep an eye on this page for further details.

  • No pets allowed.

5pm - Doors open / party starts!
6.30pm (TBC) - 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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