25/10/2018 19:45 at The Kings Head & Bell, East St Helen Street, Abingdon.
Remember Ska? Originating in Jamaica in the late 50s, it was later revived in the UK and had a strong influence on Punk. Both styles came from inner city areas of high unemployment and deprivation – where there was significant cultural influence from Caribbean immigrants. The film tells the story of the British Jamaican Ska band Symarip which, Sharon Woodward says, “[…] did so much to engage a future generation of young working class people. Young people from different cultures working side by side in factories or wherever during the day, were going to the same clubs and listening to the same music at night.” A highly engaging and entertaining documentary, which also comments on the background social and political conditions.
Dir: Sharon Woodward 60mins UK 2017
This special screening is not included in your membership, and takes place in
The King Charles’ Room at The Kings Head & Bell, East St Helen Street, Abingdon at 7.45pm
Introduction and discussion by Sharon Woodward, the director.
Admission (to all) is £7.50 (full-time students £3.50) and early booking is advised, as seating is limited.
We will also be screening Sharon’s short film The Indian Army in the First World War: An Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Perspective . (8mins)
There will be a voluntary collection for Shadowlight Artists, a local charity supported by Sharon (shadowlightartists.org.uk/)
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1/11/2018 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
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Alex Jacoby, a leading expert on Japanese cinema, returns again to ABCD to introduce and discuss this film.