Reclaiming Histories - New Canadian Films on Art
until May 2, 2021 @ Kunstverein Braunschweig
Rudeboy - The Story of Trojan Records
The legendary London record label Trojan Records played a leading role in the musical conquest of Great Brittan by Jamaican music styles like Ska, Reggae, and Rocksteady. In his elaborate documentary, Nicolas Davies revives this almost forgotten story, a story about the inspiring encounter between British working-class youth and Jamaican subculture, about the breaking down of social and cultural barriers, and the economic success of Caribbean immigrants. Davies presents extensive archival material alongside informative and entertaining interviews with protagonists of this subcultural revolution. His unorthodox decision to re-enact the euphoric atmosphere and cosmopolitan culture of the time in fictional scenes, supports the eye- (and ear-)opening quality of his film. Reggae becomes the soundtrack of a transforming society without which the existence of Hip-Hop or today’s club culture are hard to imagine.
Nicolas Jack Davies
Nicolas Jack Davies is a natural storyteller with a reputation for highly cinematic, innovative and emotive work across film, television, commercials and music videos. He earned a nomination for ’Best Music Film’ at the Grammy Awards in 2014 for THE ROAD TO RED ROCKS. The same year he filmed and directed his first long form documentary for Channel 4 television — the Grierson shortlisted PAYDAY — to much critical acclaim.
2017 saw him developing and executive producing an award-winning US series adaptation of his own PAYDAY documentary for Viceland. Making a return to music as a director for Sky Arts on the landmark ROCK AND ROLL series and nd beginning his first documentary feature as a solo direc-tor — RUDEBOY which is a unique look at the beginnings of multi-cultural Britain in the 1960s and 70s through the prism of Trojan Records and Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae music.