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The Harder They Come + introduction 15

Part of Caribbean Musical Fridays
Perry Henzell, Jamaica, 1972, 102m.

Our screening on Friday 13 October will be introduced by music journalist and author Lloyd Bradley.

Jimmy Cliff brings a knockout soundtrack and charisma aplenty to this classic crime drama.

A film that needs no introduction to anyone with so much as the slightest interest in reggae or Jamaican culture, The Harder They Come celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2022. Besides its credentials as an explosive action thriller with a killer soundtrack, it is universally credited with introducing reggae and the roots movement to the world as a serious cultural proposition.

Perry Henzell’s unfiltered portrait of Jamaica’s music industry, the emerging Rasta faith and how so many Jamaicans lived, both in the town and the country, redefined a genre of music,

giving it context and weight. Five decades on, that excitement and sense of discovery remain undimmed.

Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw

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