Your Local Arena: Rudies Come Back or The Rise and Rise of 2-Tone 18

Wed 4 Oct, 7pm | SOLD OUT



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Director: Jeff Perks

Year: 1980

Duration: 90 mins

Certificate: 18

With its home in Coventry, its roots in reggae and multiracial bands, 2-Tone was a British musical phenomenon. As part of Black History Month, Your Local Arena presents the energetic 1980 BBC film Rudies Come Back which captures the unique blend of 1960s blue beat and ska with 1970s reggae, soul and punk.

After the film, there will be a panel discussion with The Selecter singer Pauline Black, poet laureate of Baton Rouge, USA Cubs the Poet, roving poet in residence Helen Thomas, former lead singer of The Bodysnatchers Rhoda Dakar, chaired by music journalist Kevin Le Gendre.

Your Local Arena is a unique project featuring iconic films from the archives of BBC TV’s Arena, the pioneering cultural documentary series. Developed by Lucy Hannah and Speaking Volumes, with Arena’s award-winning director/editor Anthony Wall as Creative Consultant, and funded by Arts Council England.

Please note: films without BBFC certification can only be screened to over 18s. This does not necessarily indicate that the films contain adult content.