When: 24th March 2015, 7pm
Where: The Drum, 144 Potters Lane Aston, Birmingham B6 4UU
£: Tickets £7 (£5)
What is it?
Filmed at a variety of locations in Birmingham in 1963, The Colony was a unique documentary for its time, giving a voice to working-class settlers from the Caribbean. This screening will set the film in a different light, with Birmingham-based jazz band From Scratch providing live accompaniment as frame and counter-point. The musical quartet has deep roots in the communities that are depicted in The Colony; including Mark Hamilton (Andy Hamilton’s son) on sax, Ralf Decambre on guitar and Ray “Pablo” Brown on bass. Their musical backgrounds include the kind of music that the people in the film would have been listening to in the 1960s; Jazz, Calypso, Ska, Reggae, Soul and Gospel.
The film with an introduction and end music will last an hour and a quarter, and after a short break the band will play a half hour additional set for the audience. The unique screening takes place at The Drum and the venue hopes to create a relaxed Caribbean club atmosphere with food and drink in which to enjoy Philip Donnellan’s documentary The Colony.
This event is a co-production for the Flatpack Film Festival by The Drum and Birmingham Jazz.
More info: www.the-drum.org.uk