Micheal Ward embraces Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn in a still from 'Lovers Rock' (2020)
Micheal Ward embraces Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn in a still from 'Lovers Rock' (2020)
Lovers Rock (2020) Turbine Studios

ACMI and the BFI present

Lovers Rock

Screens with short film 'Mandem' (2020)

Steve McQueen | United Kingdom | 2020 | MA15+

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Sat 9 Apr 2022

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Steve McQueen's tale of budding romance at an ecstatic house party in the 1980s is a loving ode to West Indian Londoners of that era.

The second installment of acclaimed director Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ anthology is a beautifully realised fable of young love and music at a house party in the 1980s and a collective reimagining of a time and place very precious to West Indian Londoners. Employing an unforgettable soundtrack and a unique visual style, the film serves as an ode to the romantic reggae genre ‘Lovers Rock’ and the youth who found freedom in its sound.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Turbine Studios
Runtime: 70 min

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70 mins




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Lovers Rock party

DJs Housewife's Choice will be in the building to celebrate the midpoint in our BFI season with a party on Saturday 9 April from 6.30pm. Join us before and after screenings of ear for eye and Lovers Rock for a drink at the bar along with some reggae and dancehall beats.

DJ Miss Fee

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John Ogunmuyiwa | 2020 | United Kingdom | English | 10 min

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