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The Man from Mo'Wax

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

This watchable profile of skittishly creative musical dynamo James Lavelle offers a nostalgia-fest for clubbers of a certain vintage.

This doc charting the career of dance music pioneer James Lavelle is a warts-and-all tales of hubris and heavyweight beats. We see the '90s impresario - a kind of trip-hop Malcolm McLaren - slide from vinyl junkie to all-but-actual junkie as a life of chemical highs and music biz lows takes its toll. Early Lavelle is insufferable; late Lavelle chastened.

There are memorable cameos from collaborators (Josh Homme take a bow) and a triumphant coda, but most of all, the rather melancholy sense of a visionary struggling to stay relevant.

Phil de Semlyen
Written by
Phil de Semlyen

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 31 August 2018
  • Duration:109 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Matthew Jones
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