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Young Soul Rebels

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Young Soul Rebels 1991 18

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Isaac Julien

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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Directed by

Isaac Julien


Valentine Nonyela

Mo Sesay

Frances Barber

Sophie Okonedo

Dorian Healy


Features Gay Cinema - Out of the Archive


18 Contains strong sex




United Kingdom



Production company

British Film Institute Production Board

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