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1h 23m Documentary, Music 2022

The story of Don Letts, a first-generation British-born Black filmmaker, DJ, musician, and cultural commentator.

The film frames Don’s story with the 1968 Enoch Powell ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech and the 2018 ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy. Covering Don’s relationship with the nascent punk scene of the 1970’s and 80’s, how rastas and punks found a common bond, both outside of the mainstream, and how Don introduced reggae to the punks. Don was part of the inner circle of The Clash and Johnny Rotten.

He later formed Big Audio Dynamite with Mick Jones, and made music that incorporated dance, reggae, rap, film samples and rock n roll. After directing iconic music videos including London Calling, Chain Gang and Pass the Dutchie, Don became an award-winning feature director, with films such as Dancehall Queen and One Love, starring Idris Elba. He is now a leading cultural commentator and well-known voice on BBC Radio 6.

“It’s an intense, 86-minute pleasure to be in the company of Don Letts: DJ, film-maker, musician, social commentator and thoroughly engaging raconteur.” ~Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian




United Kingdom

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