Youth culture meets identity politics in this part-thriller, part-gay love story set in London in 1977, days before the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations. The hedonistic world of pirate ... See full summary »

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Isaac Julien
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valentine Nonyela ... Chris
Mo Sesay Mo Sesay ... Caz
Dorian Healy ... Ken
Frances Barber ... Ann
Sophie Okonedo ... Tracy
Jason Durr Jason Durr ... Billibud
Gary McDonald ... Davis
Debra Gillett Debra Gillett ... Jill
Eamonn Walker ... Carlton (as Eamon Walker)
James Bowers James Bowers ... Sparky
Billy Braham Billy Braham ... Kelly
Wayne Norman ... Bigsy
Danielle Scillitoe Danielle Scillitoe ... Trish
Ray Shell ... Jeff Kane
Nigel Harrison Nigel Harrison ... Cid Man
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Storyline

Youth culture meets identity politics in this part-thriller, part-gay love story set in London in 1977, days before the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations. The hedonistic world of pirate DJs Chris and Caz is shattered when a close friend is killed while cruising in the local park. The black community suspect the National Front, but the police pull Chris in as a suspect. This beautifully crafted period piece, a bold and stylish debut feature from Isaac Julien, paints a convincing picture of late-'70s London. The city is a carefully mapped out social landscape, open to all but offering safety to none, as we are taken to a Dalston barber, east London council estates festooned with Union Jacks, West End offices, soul clubs and city parks.

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A seductive and engaging thriller from one of Britain's most innovative and provocative filmmakers

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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The film is partly set in Dalston. While Dalston had a poor reputation as an "ethic area" in the 1970s and 1980s, it had its share of famous residents. Among other people with houses in Dalston were the politician Tony Blair, the actors Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, and the actress Emily Lloyd. See more »

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The two punk bands GBH and Conflict weren't around in 1977. See more »

Connections

Featured in Queerama (2017) See more »

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P. Funk Wants To Get Funked Up
Performed by Parliament
Licensed Courtesy of Casablanca Records Inc/Polygram Records Inc (New York)
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Johnny Mills as the guest gay kissing punk ( red top ) is a highlight

Johnny Mills , as one of the skinhead kissing gay punks in the night club , is the highlight of this movie. He also appeared with Tilda Swinton in Derek Jarman's The Garden 1990.


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UK | France | Germany | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La radio pirata See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,609, 24 November 1991

Gross USA:

$225,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$225,664
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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