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Super Duper presents The Harder They Come
31 May 2019 6pm
The SUPER DUPER Cinema presents a rare screening of the classic ‘The Harder They Come’ (1972)
Perry Henzell’s 1972 movie The Harder They Come, starring the singer Jimmy Cliff, is the classic reggae movie of all time. Cliff plays Ivan Martin, an aspiring young singer turned real life gangster. Martin comes to Kingston down from the countryside to seek his fame – the opening shot featuring a bus weaving its way through the Jamaican hills sets the scene perfectly. Martin wants to be a singer and after auditioning for a big music producer, he sells his song for just $20. Realising he has been cheated Dixon turns to the ganja trade when he realises he can make more money and become more famous than in the music business.
The film follows his downward demise from a young innocent man to the ultimate ‘bad boy’ anti-hero, on the run from drug dealers and the police, as Dixon tries to emulate his Spaghetti-western cinema hero Clint Eastwood as the ‘wild west’ comes to the Caribbean.
The success of the film owes as much to the stunning groovy soundtrack – aside from Cliff’s seminal hit ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want It’, we also get classic tunes from Toots and The Maytals – who also appear in the movie. Also in the film there are guest appearances from Prince Buster, record producers Leslie Kong and Joe Gibbs, Bim and Bam, Carl Bradshaw and many more!
The Harder They Come is a revolutionary and ground-breaking film about reggae music and the underbelly of Jamaican life. A 100% essential and classic film!
OFFICIAL TRAILER : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imGkQdE7N2s&t=79s
The 1972 classic will be played through the world-renowned Cosmic Slop soundsystem to give a full immersive experience of a real Jamaican gem.
More information on the soundsystem can be found here :
Cosmic Slop: Community sound - RA.
Watch - Cosmic Slop: Parties with a Purpose
*Highly recommended to book in advance.
Jamaican food will be on sale straight from the jerk bin from 6pm, once its gone , it’s GONE !
*CASH ONLY FOR BAR + FOOD
The Super Duper DJs will be playing records before and after the film.
Food served from 6pm
Film starts at 8.30pm.
All proceeds made from the evening will be donated to the great MAP Charity.
More information can be found here:
Please check times with event organiser for any last minute changes.
All proceeds go to MAP charity. Tickets are £5.00 + Booking.Seating is very limited so don’t sleep on this one, it’s going to be hotter than Kingston concrete!!
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