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The Harder They Come

Jamaica, 1972, 103mins, Cert.15
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Film description

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.

Showing as part of Black History Month

This film is part of our Black History Month season, exploring & celebrating black culture, history & identity on screen.
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Showing at

Hyde Park Picture House

Venue details


73 Brudenell Road, Leeds LS6 1JD, UK
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Access info

The Picture House has two small steps at the main entrance. Step-free access to the auditorium and foyer is possible via a side entrance. Unfortunately none of the Picture House's toilets are accessible and both via a flight of stairs. The cinema has three wheelchair spaces – to reserve one of these, please select the 'wheelchair space' ticket during checkout.

Refreshment info

The Picture House offers a range of hot and cold drinks, including beers and wines, alongside popcorn, sweets, ice creams (Northern Bloc) and vegan cakes (That Old Chestnut).


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