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Young Soul Rebels (18)

Chronic Youth Film Festival 2019

Shot of two men

An underappreciated masterpiece of black British cinema, this cult classic presents a sharp and syncopated snapshot of youth culture in 1970s London.

We follow two young best friends Chris (Valentine Nonyela) and Caz (Mo Sesay) running an underground soul radio station in the heart of the violent, tumultuous 1970s East London.

Chris and Caz’s altercations with the law; and experience of living amongst punks, skinheads and soul boys is examined with a colourful lens. Capturing the vibrancy and rebellion of music, the film contains a rare depiction of queer inner-city youth in the 1970s.

Isaac Julien’s recent work is predominantly exhibited within art spaces and galleries, in Young Soul Rebels, this first contribution to cinema is undeniable: a unique perspective of black British masculinity.

UK 1991 DIr Isaac Julien 105 min

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