Dread Beat And Blood
  • Directors(s)

    Franco Rosso

  • Production Year

    1979

  • Genre(s)

    Documentary

  • Approx. running minutes

    45m

  • Cast

    Linton Kwesi Johnson

Film

Dread Beat And Blood

references to violence and racism, drug references, strong language

DREAD BEAT AND BLOOD is a UK documentary, from 1979, about the dub poet and political activist Linton Kwesi Johnson.

  • Directors(s)

    Franco Rosso

  • Production Year

    1979

  • Genre(s)

    Documentary

  • Approx. running minutes

    45m

  • Cast

    Linton Kwesi Johnson

discrimination

There are references to historical racism directed towards black and Asian communities in the UK.

language

There is infrequent strong language ('f**k').

drugs

There are references to drug misuse in spoken dub poetry, including references to "ganja" and "smoking weed".

violence

There are references in interviews and Johnson's poetry to tensions, caused by racist-influenced attitudes, finding release in outbreaks of violence. Accounts are given of the harsh approach of law and order to black communities, which were also threatened by the behaviour of organisations such as the National Front. There is footage from the riot at the 1976 Notting Hill Carnival in which attendees and the police engage in violent confrontations. There are also references to black-on-black violence


There are sequences featuring cigarette smoking.
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Dread Beat And Blood (16Mm)Cinema18m 10sArts Council of G.B.14/03/1979
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Dread Beat And Blood Physical media + VOD/Streaming45m 0sBFI Video25/06/2021
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