Black Gold presents Isaac Julien's YOUNG SOUL REBELS
Celebrating the best of black cinema and its icons from then ’til now, Black Gold invites you to join us Thursday, June 21st for a screening of Isaac Julien’s debut feature film, YOUNG SOUL REBELS!
1977: Queen’s Silver Jubilee year. Two London soul-boys want their pirate radio station to reach a wider public. Chris (Valentine Nonyela) is distracted both by the big-time lure of the mainstream ‘Metro’ station and by Tracy (Sophie Okonedo, in her first role!), while Caz (Mo Sesay) reacts to what he sees as his old friend’s betrayal by taking up with gay socialist-worker punk Billibud (Jason Durr). Worse, the cops suspect Chris of murdering one of Caz’s friends at a local cruising spot.
The recipient of the critics prize at the 1991 Cannes Films Festival, Isaac Julien’s Young Soul Rebels is an ambitious first feature: equal parts noir whodunnit, coming of age tale, and queered counterculture document, this uniquely spirited film offers a thumb toward Britain’s official history by presenting a vibrant microcosm of the racial, sexual, and cultural tensions that underscored the 1970s. And THAT soundtrack!
7:30 PM: PRE-SHOW
8:00 PM: FILM STARTS
There will be prizes!