The Harder They Come
A cautionary tale, written, produced and directed by Jamaican born Perry Henzell, in which poor Jamaican country boy Ivanhoe 'Ivan' Martin (Jimmy Cliff) tries to make it big in Kingston with a hit record.
The Harder They Come was the country’s landmark first feature in 1972, part-funded by Island Records as a means of promoting reggae outside Jamaica. Its bestselling soundtrack includes contributions from Toots and the Maytals, Desmond Dekker and of course, Jimmy Cliff.
The Film will be introduced by Dr Emily Zobel Marshall (School of Cultural Studies & Humanities, Leeds Beckett University).
Emily is an expert in the role of ‘Trickster’ figures in the literatures and cultures of Africa and its Diaspora and has published widely in this area. Her introduction to The Harder They Come and Rockers (22nd October) will invite us to consider how the films she has chosen resonate with how the figure appears in Caribbean folklore.
A Tuesday Wonders! screening
Showing as part of Black History Month
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|Tue 29th October||