Rebel Dread

  • 87'
  • United Kingdom
  • 2020

Documentary about Don Letts who played a leading role in pop history. Letts injected Afro-Caribbean music into the early punk scene and shot over 300 music videos including for Public Image Ltd. and Bob Marley, but also for teen sensations Musical Youth's reggae smash 'Pass The Dutchie'. Besides his enduring relationship with The Clash, the constant factor in Letts' eventful career as a DJ, manager, film director, musician and radio maker is that, from the 1970s on, he continued to draw attention to cultural issues, as he does today with his radio programme for BBC 6, Culture Clash Radio.

As a young man, the charismatic, cheeky Letts moved effortlessly between soul, reggae and the violent guitar music of the first punk bands. Inspired by the film with Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come, he started filming his friends with a Super-8 camera and soon began directing music videos and later documentaries. His film Dancehall Queen (1997) broke every record in his ancestral homeland Jamaica.

Free admission on Sun 26 Jan, also see Scopitone Café.

Director
William E. Badgley
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
United Kingdom
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
87'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Mark Vennis, Philip Hunt
Production Companies
Moviehouse Entertainment, Head Gear Films
Sales
Moviehouse Entertainment
Screenplay
William E. Badgley
Cinematography
William E. Badgley, Alasdair Ogilvie
Editor
Eric Pritchard
Music
Ben von Wildenhaus