San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In the original production notes for We the Ragamuffin, the writers cautioned – “In some ways Peckham is more like the Wild West than a 20th-century city.” But it was in a nightclub in Peckham, back in 1993, that We The Ragamuffin premiered, with its star Buckey Ranks resplendent in “a velvet and sequinned suit, and enough gold chains and rings to keep Gerald Ratner in prawn sandwiches for the next 20 years”, as was reported in the Independent at the time.
A chronicle of a bygone Peckham (and featuring the Bold Tendencies car park) director Julian Henriques captures the vibrant scene of ragamuffin music (an offshoot of reggae) that is, as musician Adrian De'Allie testifies in the film – “more hard core, heavy bass. It's power.” This is a rare chance to see this largely forgotten gem on the eve of London’s carnival weekend.
It comes as no surprise that the film went down a storm in the local area when it was released in ’93. Twenty years later, it will surely have the same affect.
Running time 30 mins. Director Julian Henriques will attend the screening, and participate in a Q&A afterwards.