Another in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe collection of vivid memories, political indictments and historical artefacts depicting Black West Indian presence in London. In this edition, it’s a Saturday sometime in the 80s, Samson preps his sound system for Blues dance while Martha shimmies down her drainpipe, and Franklin, drenched in Brut, is primed to steal a heart. Red Stripe costs a pound, sweat drips from the walls as hips lock to the rhythm of lovers’ rock, and souls are possessed by dub vibrations. McQueen’s roving camera and luminous cast spread out and fill the screen. Inviting us to remember, not so much the good times, as the spectres of racism and violence loom, but the risk and reward of letting go for a night.
Executive Producers Tracey Scoffield, David Tanner, Steve McQueen, Lucy Richer, Rose Garnett
Prod company Turbine Studios Lammas Park
Tickets for the cinema screenings of Lovers Rock on Sunday 18 October will be free but ticketed. Booking opens on 1 October.
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