The Story of Lovers Rock

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In 1981 Menelik Shabazz made ‘Burning an Illusion’, a landmark film about black London life. With this heartfelt, if rambling, niche doc, Shabazz takes us back to black youth culture of that time with a nostalgic look at Lover’s Rock – a romantic, vocal-led reggae sub-genre entirely British in origin. The scene’s most enduring tune is the mesmerising ‘Silly Games’ sung by Janet Kay, one of many musicians interviewed here. As well as remembering the music, Shabazz recalls the effect that this smoochy sound had on youngsters of the time and breaks up his talking-heads and archive format with sugary reconstructions of parties and chatty inserts from black comedians of that generation. A worthwhile film – but one for fans only.

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Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday September 30 2011
Duration: 96 mins

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Director: Menelik Shabazz

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spirit

funnnnnnny!!! and loved it for lovers rock fans....left out some lover rock artist and the people who raved in them,and their real life stories...however the comedy acts were soooooo, funny....i cant wait to get dvd....loversrock to stay,thankyou for my movie of my times

Anne

Excellent documentary, nostalgic, funny and informative. At moments in this film I just lost myself reminising and going back in time when the most popular music my generation listened to was about love. I don't think it's showing in London anymore but it is definitely worth buying on DVD and watching with all your family, whatever their age.

Anne

Excellent documentary, nostalgic, funny and informative. At moments in this film I just lost myself reminising and going back in time when the most popular music my generation listened to was about love. I don't think it's showing in London anymore but it is definitely worth buying on DVD and watching with all your family, whatever their age.

Richard Smith

The film will fill in spaces as to how a whole generation survived some extremely turbulent times for 'Black Britain' so NOT just for fans but for initiates too! Very funny too.

Richard Smith

The film will fill in spaces as to how a whole generation survived some extremely turbulent times for 'Black Britain' so NOT just for fans but for initiates too! Very funny too.