Young Soul Rebels

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

1977: Queen's Silver Jubilee year. Two London soul-boys want their pirate radio station to reach a wider public; but Chris (Nonyela) is distracted both by the big-time lure of the mainstream 'Metro' station and by Tracy (Okonedo), while Caz (Sesay) reacts to what he sees as his old friend's betrayal by taking up with gay socialist-worker punk Billibud (Durr). Worse, the cops suspect Chris of murdering one of Caz's gay friends in the park. Julien's brave, ambitious first feature makes all the right noises in terms of its sensitive treatment of thorny problems like racism and homophobia, and is largely successful in recreating various alternative cultural realities to the jingoistic claptrap which stands as the 'official' history of Britain during the summer of '77. Sadly, despite a strong soul soundtrack and fine camerawork, the film suffers from weak performances and an undernourished script that never frames its ideas within a gripping narrative.

Details

Release details

Duration:
105 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Isaac Julien
Screenwriter:
Derrick McClintock, Paul Hallam, Isaac Julien
Cast:
Debra Gillet
Frances Barber
Gary McDonald
Mo Sesay
Sophie Okonedo
Dorian Healy
Valentine Nonyela
Eamon Walker
Jason Durr