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Lee 'Scratch' Perry film coming to UK cinemas

'Vision Of Paradise' has been 15 years in the making

2016 Jan 14     
2 Bit Thugs

The film is getting a cinematic release to coincide with the dub legend's 80th birthday, with DVD and streaming releases to follow

To mark the 80th birthday of dub founding father Lee 'Scratch' Perry, a feature-length documentary about him entitled Vision Of Paradise will be screened in cinemas across the UK in February and March. Somewhat unusually - or at least it seems unusual to us, but then we never claimed to be film buffs - the movie is being shown for one night only in each cinema (in most cases), so the film's effectively going 'on tour'.

Vision Of Paradise is directed by Volker Schaner, who's been following Perry around with a camera crew for the past 15 years. The result is said to be a uniquely personal portait of one of music's truly unique characters, and one that's “in turns funny, poetic and frequently mind-blowing.”

The full list of screenings announced so far is as follows:

Kinokulture, Oswestry (5 Feb)

First Site, Colchester (5 Feb)

QFT, Belfast (6 Feb)

Glasgow Film Theatre (7 Feb)

Broadway, Nottingham (7 Feb)

Picturehouse Central, London (17 Feb)

Home Cinema, Manchester (18 Feb)

MAC, Birmingham (24 & 25 Feb)

Borderlines Film Festival, Hereford (26 Feb)

Irish Film Institute, Dublin (27 Feb)

Picture House, Hebden Bridge (28 Feb, 3 Mar)

FACT, Liverpool (29 Feb)

Komedia, Brighton (2 Mar)

The Cube, Bristol (16 Mar)

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendall (22 Mar)

There are more screenings still TBA, though, so if your town's not listed keep an eye on the film's official website. Alternatively, you can hang on for the DVD and streaming (via iTunes, Amazon Prime and Netflix) release on 8 April.

The London showing of the film includes a Q&A with Schaner, while Perry will also be playing a handful of UK live dates to promote the film. Catch him at:

The Duke Of Cumberland, Whitstable (11 Mar)

Electric, Brighton (12 Mar)

Concorde, Brighton (13 Mar)

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendall (16 Mar)





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