Tue 17 Nov 2015

*Please note that this screening is now booked out. We will update this story if things change*

With a DJ set from Mohair Slim, a Q+A with Jamaican musician Stranger Cole and a film screening, this special edition of Mallard Movies is not to be missed!

Stranger Cole is a living legend of Jamaican music, and will be heading to Melbourne direct from Kingston for a performance at PBS' Jamaica Jump-Up. As part of this whirlwind tour, he's joining a lucky group of PBS friends at the Spotted Mallard for an intimate screening of this doco (which features the great man himself) on Tuesday 17 November. Best of all, it's FREE entry.

Mohair Slim from Blue Juice will kick off the evening at 7pm, spinning some tunes for you to enjoy over some food or a few brews. Then at 8:00pm, he'll be joined by Stranger Cole for a Q+A session to give some added insight into his influential career and the documentary, before it starts at 8:30pm. Just to sweeten the deal, PBS members receive a free pot of Thunder Road beer or glass of Cake wine on entry! Members also receive a 10% discount on food and drinks all night, so don't forget your membership card. The chefs at the Spotted Mallard are getting into the Jamaican theme for the night and invite you to arrive early to indulge your taste buds with some 'Caribbean Cravings' and wash it all down with rum-filled cocktails to give you a complete island party in your mouth!

A little background about the film:
Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae is a musical journey to Jamaica's Golden Age of music... The film features the music and stories of the legendary singers and musicians of the Rocksteady era. They come together after 40 years to record an album of Rocksteady hits, to perform together again at an All-Stars reunion concert in Kingston, Jamaica, and to tell their story. In their own words, the Rocksteady singers and musicians tell the audience about the 1960s in Jamaica, a roller-coaster decade during which the island was transformed politically, socially, economically and culturally.

The performers include Hopeton Lewis, Dawn Penn, Wilburn 'Stranger' Cole, Marcia Griffiths, Ken Boothe, Derrick Morgan, Leroy Sibbles, U-Roy and Judy Mowatt... In a special appearance, Rita Marley tells the audience about her life in Trenchtown in the 1960s with Bob Marley. The musicians featured in the film include Earnest Ranglin, Sly Dunbar, Jackie Jackson, Gladstone Anderson, Hux Brown, Lloyd Parks and Scully Simms among others. The film features a mix of studio recording sessions at Tuff Gong Studios, rarely seen archival footage from the period and interviews with the performers at home or at places on the island that had profound effects on their music and lives. It takes the audience to the roots of Reggae and also draws a colourful and enriching portrait of the founders of this great musical heritage.

Mallard Movies is on the last Wednesday of every month. Coming up:
November 25: 'Stories of Me: Paul Kelly' presented by All Our Stories

Please email membership@pbsfm.org.au if you'd like to receive information about all upcoming Mallard Movies.

PBS' Blue Juice and Mallard Movies present Rocksteady: The Roots Of Reggae on Tuesday 17 November at the Spotted Mallard, 314 Sydney Road, Brunswick. DJ set from Mohair Slim and dinner from 7pm, Q+A with Stranger Cole 8:00pm and screening 8:30 – 10:10pm