Young Soul Rebels

Young Soul Rebels

Los Angeles Restoration Premiere. In person: Isaac Julien. 

Los Angeles Restoration Premiere
In person: Isaac Julien.

Director Isaac Julien’s debut feature film is a fascinating look at London youth culture in the late 1970s. Set during the week of Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee in 1977, Julien’s part-thriller, part-queer love story infuses the raw energy of the early ‘90s into a period piece that emphasizes the tension among the punks, skinheads, and Teddy boys of Britain’s cultural scene. Together with his partner Caz, Chris, a young Black DJ, runs pirate radio station Soul Patrol from an East End garage. When a mutual friend is murdered while cruising in a London park, Chris is arrested for the crime. Winner of the Critics’ Prize at Cannes, Young Soul Rebels remains as touching, as tough, and as energetic as the day it first premiered.  

Programmed by K.J. Relth-Miller.   

DIRECTED BY: Isaac Julien. WRITTEN BY: Paul Hallam, Isaac Julien, Derrick Saldaan McClintock. WITH: Valentine Nonyela, Mo Sesay, Dorian Healy, Frances Barber.  1991. 105 min. UK/France/Germany/Spain. Color. English. Rated R. 4K DCP.  

Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation. 

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