SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: KEEP STEEPING?(SYDNEY DANCE BATTLE DOCUMENTARY)


Props to our brother Azzam who put us on to this mad documentary on the Sydney dance & battle scene.

This looks so dope, its so cool seeing so many familiar faces on screen who we have partied with for so long over the years.

We cant wait to see this in full, look out for info at SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL this week.

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Friday 10 June 2022 | Events Cinema on George St at 6:00 p.m.

It is also screening 11th, and 12th of June at Newtown & Casula.

About:

Two remarkable female performers train for Australia’s biggest street dance competition in this tale of love, obsession and the transformative power of performance.

On Sydney’s urban fringe, two young women battle for a better life in the underground world of competitive street dance. Patricia, Romanian-born and hanging out for a visa, is a breakdancer. Gabi, of Chilean-Samoan heritage, pops with power. Both dream of escaping the rough hand they’ve been dealt. Will a win at Australia’s biggest dance competition Destructive Steps – in which 60 contestants compete in the preliminary rounds – be their golden ticket? Or will the external pressures of financial hardship and volatile relationships stop them from even reaching the dancefloor? Director Luke Cornish spent seven years filming the women’s progress. Waiting to see how they fare will have you on the edge of your seat.

Celebrate the film with an event at The Hub: Keep Stepping: Break Out featuring a showcase of street dancing, complete with MC and DJ on Friday 10 Jun at 8pm.

Music Film: MR SOUL! DOCUMENTARY, Australian Premier presented by Groovescooter at Golden Age Cinema


Our good friends at GROOVESCOOTER are presenting the Australian Premiere of the documentary Mr. SOUL! at Golden Age Cinema this monthon the pionerring TV host Ellis Haizlip who hosted New York city’s SOUL show with an incredible mix of A-list music guests, poetry, performance and Black politics three years before SOUL TRAIN.

ABOUT /
America’s first “Black Tonight Show” was New York City’s SOUL!, with its host Ellis Haizlip ensuring the revolution would be televised! This critically acclaimed documentary features rare live performances and interviews from the likes of the legendary Al Green, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Ashford and Simpson, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Black Ivory, Bill Withers, The Last Poets, Odetta, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Nikki Giovanni, Merry Clayton, Mandrill, Kool & the Gang, Toni Morrison, Stokely Carmichael, Patti LaBelle, Roberta Flack, Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, and many more. Launched in 1968, SOUL! went on to be the first nationally broadcast all-Black variety show on television, merging artists from the margins with post–civil rights Black radical thought. At a time of great turmoil and social unrest in America, SOUL! became a platform for political expression and the fight for social justice. By 1973, Ellis Haizlip had produced over 130 hour-long shows featuring a dazzling array of A-list guests.

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE THIS FILM

From 1968 to 1973, the public-television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home. The series was among the first to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate. Featuring Questlove, Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin, Kathleen Cleaver and many more. The soundtrack features original performances from the SOUL! series and new artists Robert Glasper performing original music score. The story unfolds with Blair Underwood as the voice of Ellis Haizlip, in a series of vignettes that are both poignant and intimate, revealing the interiority of Haizlip’s thoughts and the impetus behind Mr SOUL!.

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