Young Soul Rebels is a 1991 British coming-of-age thriller written by Derek Saldaan McClintock, Isaac Julien and Paul Hallam, and directed by Julien as his first narrative feature film. The film examines the interaction between youth cultural movements during the late 1970s in the UK — namely skinheads, punks, and soulboys — along with the social, political, and cultural tensions between them.
Set the long hot summer of 1977, London was preparing for the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations and the temperatures simmered between burgeoning the punk soul and funk scenes. Social and sexual tensions soared following the murder of a local black gay man.
“This beautifully crafted period piece, a bold and stylish debut feature from Isaac Julien, paints a convincing picture of late-'70s London. The city is a carefully mapped out social landscape, open to all but offering safety to none, as we are taken to a Dalston barber, east London council estates festooned with Union Jacks, West End offices, soul clubs and city parks.” IMDb
This is being screened as part of London Throughout the Decades from Genesis Cinema, a film season showcasing key London set films by black filmmakers.
£5.50, or free to Tower Hamlets residents
All Tower Hamlets residents can claim free tickets to the screening on the day, on a first come first serve basis. You may be asked to provide proof of address.
Supported by Tower Hamlets Council