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Being Blacker

Documentary which tells the story of the renowned reggae record shop owner and music producer Blacker Dread, his extended family, friends and the wider Brixton community.

After a ten-year absence, acclaimed film-maker Molly Dineen is back with a new feature documentary, Being Blacker.

The film tells the story of the renowned reggae record shop owner and music producer Blacker Dread, his extended family, friends and the wider Brixton community. Made with Dineen's characteristic intimacy, the film focuses on a tumultuous time in Blacker's life - the death of his mother and the prospect of his first prison sentence.

While the documentary focuses on Blacker's journey, it also features a wider cast - best friend and former armed robber Naptali is struggling to go straight, sister June is trying to maintain family ties after their mother's death, and partner Maureen is ensuring their youngest son maintains his exceptional school grades in Jamaica, having been excluded from school in the UK.

With the unprecedented access granted by her old friend, Dineen shines a spotlight on the struggles the subjects face on a daily basis. Being Blacker offers a particular understanding of both the challenges and triumphs of family and community togetherness, as well as a unique insight into being black in Britain in 2018.

1 hour, 31 minutes

Last on

Fri 18 May 2018 23:05

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:07

    George Nooks

    God Is Standing By

  • 00:14

    Goodie Mob

    Invitation To The World Party

  • 00:17

    Nine Inch Nails

    Right Where It Belongs

  • 01:14

    Buju Banton

    Murderer

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Molly Dineen
Editor Tom Dixon-Spain
Executive Producer Peter Dale
Executive Producer Emma Loach
Producer Claudia White
Re-recording mixer Jamie Hartland
Colourist Stuart Fyvie
On-line editing Ian Mander

Broadcasts

  • Mon 12 Mar 2018 21:00
  • Sun 18 Mar 2018 23:25
  • Tue 27 Mar 2018 00:55
  • Fri 18 May 2018 23:05