Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records
A film about the love affair between Jamaican and British Youth culture told through the prism of one the most iconic record labels in history, TROJAN RECORDS. Combining archive footage, interview and drama – RUDEBOY tells the story of Trojan Records by placing it at the heart of a cultural revolution that unfolded in the council estates and dancefloors of late 60’s and early 70′ Britain and how that period of immigration and innovation transformed popular music and culture. Told by a cast of legendary artists including Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Marcia Griffiths, Dave Barker, Dandy Livingstone, Lloyd Coxsone, Pauline Black, Derrick Morgan and more.
Geoff Travis, founder of Rough Trade Records says: “I suppose it’s the history of my life, to a large degree, in London, and even more so for my business partner, Jeanette Lee, who grew up in North London; all of her schoolmates and playmates were West Indian and those were the records she listened to, along with Mowtown and pop. That era of Jamaican music is pretty unbeatable, and music that we still listen to every day. Rudeboy was an education and also a history lesson for me, but most of all it is just a really vibrant movie. It makes you really realise why you love music in the first place.” We are fortunate to be able to screen this through Doc’nRoll Film Festival who are supported by the BFI using funds from the National Lottery to grow audience appetite and enjoyment for a wide range of independent British and international films.
UK 2018 85 mins Dir: Nicholas Jack Davies
Screening as part of Leek’s SKAFest in conjunction with Foxlowe Films.