Young Soul Rebels DVD


From the acclaimed artist and filmmaker Issac Julien comes this powerful drama set on an East London housing estate in the summer of 1977. Focussing on Chris and Caz a pair of pirate radio DJs living amongst punks and skinheads Julien's film explores the social and sexual tensions that arise in a community following the murder of a local black gay man.

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26 October 2009
100 minutes 
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play.  A film by Isaac Julien  In the long hot summer of 1977, London prepared for the Silver Jubilee celebrations to the sounds of the burgeoning punk, soul and funk scenes.   Soul boys Chris (Valentine Nonyela) and Caz (Mo Sesay), a pair of pirate radio DJs, broadcast their show from a friend's garage, tussling with the local skinheads, and clubbing with Chris's sassy music-industry girlfriend Tracy (Sophie Okonedo). But social and sexual tensions in the community reach boiling point following the murder of a local black gay man.   Including its soulful soundtrack - with Funkadelic, X-Ray Spex, Parliament, Sylvester - and enthusiastic young cast, this Cannes Critics' Week prize-winner is an engaging and sensitive drama from acclaimed artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien.

The music and club scenes of England in 1977 are recaptured in this tale of two young DJs at a pirate radio station. When a friend is murdered, they set out to find the killer - whose voice was recorded at the scene of the crime. Isaac Julien directs, with Valentine Nonyela, Dorian Healy, Frances Barber and Sophie Okonedo among the cast.

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