No Place Like Home
Fifty years after Perry Henzell’s iconic film, The Harder They Come, his long-lost second feature was rescued from obscurity. No Place Like Home was shot in 1973 but the film was never edited for release, so this definitive version was carefully reconstructed and restored by The Twelve 30 Collective so that Henzell's love-letter to Jamaica could, at last, be enjoyed on the big screen.
Where The Harder They Come told stories of Jamaicans themselves, Henzel instead turns the focus onto Jamaica's relationship to tourists and outsiders. Susan (Susan O'meara) is in Jamaica to shoot a shampoo commercial, but after her lead actress leaves suddenly, Susan enlists the help of Carl (Carl Bradshaw) to find her. We're carried along with Susan on her road-trip to Kinston and we're presented with a Jamaica that differs greatly from the tourists idea of the country. With the actors playing characters with their own names, writer/director Perry Henzell creates the tone and honesty of a documentary, his presentation of Jamaica feels legitimate and nuanced, even as it is filtered through a tourists eyes.
With an amazing soundtrack hand-picked by Henzell, and the visual delight of Jamaica's landscapes contrasted with the stark economic realities of the time, No Place Like Home is a near-perfect snapshot of Jamaica in the 70s.
Presented as part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, a Watershed project with support from BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery. The screening will be preceded by a pre-recorded introduction from The Twelve 30 Collective.
Picture House Presents
Leeds University Union