Two Sevens Clash (Dread Meets Punk Rockers)
Director Don Letts
United Kingdom / 44 min. / 2017 / English / English subtitles
A tiny treasure. Don Letts dusts off his personal collection of Super8 tapes to review the “punky reggae party” in first person. The fruitful understanding among rastas and punks from 1976 and 1977 to which he contributed from the turntables of the legendary Roxy club, and which led him on a Jamaican adventure, accompanied by John Lydon.
Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium. He came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst as a d.j at the first punk club ‘The Roxy’ in 1977, that made his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’ w/ Sex Pistols-The Clash and many others. This led to a period directing over 300 music videos for an diverse mix of artists ranging from Public Image to Bob Marley.
He then moved into documentary work making films on the likes of Gil Scot-Heron, The Jam, Sun Ra, The Clash and George Clinton. His most recent documentary was for Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘New’ project. Feature films include the legendary Jamaican movie 1997’s ‘Danchall Queen’.
Along with his autobiography ‘Culture Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers’ released in 2007 Don was also the subject of the documentary film ‘Superstonic Sound: The Rebel Dread’ in 2010.
He currently presents a weekly radio show on BBC 6 Music called ‘Culture Clash Radio’ and still d.j’s nationally and internationally.
The Q&A will be moderated by Dennis Alink, film critic and filmmaker. His music documentary film repertoire is making him a must follow director in the national scene, thanks to films such as Unknown Brood which premiered at IDFA in 2016 about the famous Dutch rocker Herman Brood and his band Wild Romance; or Goin’ Rectal that premiered last year at IN-EDIT with the live performance of the protagonists, X Raiders (previously called Rectum Raiders).