Swish Films’ MADE IN BIRMINGHAM Reggae Punk Bhangra will be showing at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham on Sunday May 12, 2pm.
In this film, directed by Deborah Aston and exec. produced by Jez Collins and Roger Shannon, Reggae, Punk and Bhangra musicians from Birmingham discuss their distinctive musical styles & influences and reflect on how music has played its own role in fostering a new sense of collective identity in the city.
In this special screening, Deborah, Jez and Roger will take questions from the audience following the screening…and there’s coffee and cake!
The film explores the social, political and cultural issues that gave rise to music emanating from the city using archive footage, much of which was sourced from MACE in 2010, as well as beautifully framed new interviews, to provide an insight into the city and its music.
It includes interviews and archive footage from: Brian Travers (UB40) Dennis Seaton (Musical Youth) Amlak Tafari (Steel Pulse), Pete Hammond and Paul Foad (Au Pairs) Pete Hyde (Spizz Energi) Paul Panic (The Accused) Janice Connolly and Conrad Swartz (The Ever Readies, The Surprises) Alan Apperley (The Prefects, The Nightingales) S-Endz (Swami) Vix (Fuzzbox) Dee Johnson (UB 40 and Simply Red) and archives include Patti Bell, the fashion designer who styled Duran Duran videos, Ranking Roger (The Beat) David Hines (Steel Pulse) Kevin Rowland (The Killjoys, Dexys Midnight Runners), Pogus Caesar from Oom Gallery, Ammo Talwar from Punch Records, Boy Chana, Anachak and Apna Sangeeta.
These recollections are juxtaposed with some rarely seen archive to share with new audiences some of the unsung heroes and the more familiar talent which the city has to offer.
The film has been screened across the world in the US, Canada, Greece, Brazil etc; as well as at many Film Festivals,including Flatpack, Borderlines, London; and Music events such as Sound City Liverpool, and SxSW in Austin, Texas. The Royal Television Society specially commended the film on the back of its two RTS nominations for best documentary and for best new talent, for Deborah Aston as director.
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