Sat 11 Nov    •    23:00    •    Watershed

Rage

part of Africa’s Lost Classics

Curated by Dr Jacqueline Maingard, Reader in Film, University of Bristol

Director: Newton Aduaka 
UK / Nigeria, 1999, 97 mins, English, 15

 

On the surface, this is a film about a plan to ‘get-rich-quick’. Rage follows three aspiring musicians in London who want to cut their first hip-hop record. London is a melting-pot of cultures, classes and races. Jamie, Godwin and Thomas have been friends since childhood, but tensions that have survived under the skin come to the surface as they realise that growing up is difficult in a racist society, and that they need resources to make their dreams come true.

Rage is an early film by celebrated Nigerian director Newton Aduaka, made while he was living in London, and is a comment on issues of racial integration and belonging in a British context. Originally released to critical acclaim, Rage was the first independent film by a black filmmaker to gain a national release in the UK.