About

RUDEBOY is a film about the origins and ongoing love affair between Jamaican and British Youth culture. A film that explores the power of music to break down cultural barriers and change lives and the eventual birth of a modern multicultural society – all told through the prism of one the most iconic record labels in history, TROJAN RECORDS.

Combining archive footage, freshly shot interviews and drama – RUDEBOY tells the story of Trojan Records by placing it at the heart of a cultural revolution that unfolded in the council estates and shanty towns of the late 60’s and 70’s.

The film begins in the 1950’s, as Jamaica is slowly transitioning to its eventual independence in 1962. We meet Duke Reid and his legendary Trojan sound system and explore the social and cultural conditions that give rise to the birth of the rude boy, the emergence of sound-system culture and the rise of the distinctive Jamaican sound ska.

In Act 2 we land in Britain in the 60’s and look at the Jamaican immigrants’ experience through the eyes of a young Dandy Livingstone. We meet first generation Windrush immigrant Lee Gopthal and witness the birth of Trojan Records while Enoch Powell is giving his Rivers Of Blood speech. There is a growing market for imported ska and new rock steady sounds that Trojan records tap into.

Act 3 tells a story of how working-class youth discover the sounds of ska and rock steady and the most the important subculture in modern British history is born, the Trojan Skinhead. A new sound Reggae emerges. Black and white unite on dancefloors as we build up to the landmark for underground skinhead culture and the ‘Spirit of 69’.

From 1969 – 1973 Trojan becomes the most important Jamaican label in the world and is at the peak of its powers. The Tighten Up compilation series, spreads the Trojan word to the masses. The label begins releasing almost everything that is sent in as the volume of output becomes incredible. A new gold rush ensues with producers rushing over from Jamaica selling records to Trojan Desmond Dekker emerges as the first star of the underground scene. ‘Double Barrel’ by Dave and Ansel Collins give Trojan their first number 1 hit single. Ken Boothe inspires the lovers rock sound with Trojans second number 1 ‘Everything I Own’. Pop Reggae is born and Black identity and pride builds around these records as a new confident identity is cemented. But the good times can’t last forever as in 1975 the label over extends itself and folds.

But the impact of Trojan records lives on, through the 70’s right up to the present day. Jamaican youth culture has flourished and is everywhere you look – it spawned 2Tone, the Notting Hill Carnival, Sound systems, the seeds of the Hip Hop revolution, club culture. The cultural impact of Trojan records has shaped the world we live in.

Contributors

Bunny Lee
King Edwards
Derrick Morgan
Freddie Notes
Dandy Livingstone
Lloyd Coxsone
Roy Ellis
Lee Gopthal
David Betteridge
Marcia Griffiths
Toots Hibbert
Rob Bell
Noel Hawks
Royston Edwards
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
Dave Barker
George Dekker
Pauline Black
Neville Staple
Don Letts
Chips Richards
Ken Boothe

Credits

Nick Davies

Nick Davies

Nicolas Jack Davies is a natural storyteller with a reputation for highly cinematic, innovative and emotive work across film, television, commercials and music videos.

Earning a nomination for ‘Best Music Film’ at the Grammy Awards in 2014 for THE ROAD TO RED ROCKS. The same year he filmed and directed his first long form documentary for Channel 4 television – the Grierson shortlisted PAYDAY – to much critical acclaim.

2017 saw him developing and Executive Producing an award-winning US series adaptation of his own PAYDAY documentary for Viceland. Making a return to music as a director for Sky Arts on the landmark ROCK AND ROLL series. And beginning his first documentary feature as a solo director - RUDEBOY which is a unique look at the beginnings of multi-cultural Britain in the 1960s and 70s through the prism of Trojan Records and Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae music.

    Jonas Mortensen

    Jonas Mortensen

    Born in Denmark, DOP Jonas Mortensen has been based in London for over 20 years. He has shot documentaries for cinema and TV, shorts, art films and numerous commercials and music videos. Jonas recently filmed Paul Dugdale’s feature doc The Rolling Stones: A Trip Across Latin America and completed his first feature drama Second Spring directed by Andy Kelleher. Other feature documentaries include We Went To War for the late director Michael Grigsby, the Ch4 film When Björk Met Attenborough and recently several episodes for the 10 part Sky Arts music series Rock and Roll.

    This year Jonas received a BAFTA for the short film Cowboy Dave, which he shot and produced.

      Chris Duveen

      Chris Duveen

      Chris began his career in observational documentaries building a solid grounding in storytelling. He has cut films and tv series for the major UK and US channels including Channel 4, BBC, Sky and Netflix.

      After cutting his first feature documentary on iconic 80’s band Spandau Ballet, ‘Soul Boys of the Western World’ Chris rekindled a passion for editing music documentaries and has gone on to cut the Sky series ‘Rock and Roll’ as well as latest feature documentary ‘Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records’.

        Pulse Films

        Pulse Films

        Pulse Films is an award-winning, next generation studio encompassing the development, production, financing and distribution of content across all platforms and for audiences worldwide.

        The studio was founded by Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford in 2005, and is headquartered in London with outposts in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Berlin. Dedicated to creating moments of culture through innovative storytelling, Pulse Films operates globally under the following divisions: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Commercials & Music Videos.

          Full Credits

          A PULSE FILMS PRODUCTION
          A FILM BY NICOLAS JACK DAVIES


          RUDEBOY
          THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS
          MAIN END CREDITS
          CARDS
          Directed By
          NICOLAS JACK DAVIES


          Produced By
          SAM BRIDGER
          VIVIENNE PERRY


          Director of Photography
          JONAS MORTENSEN


          Edited By
          CHRIS DUVEEN


          Executive Producers
          THOMAS BENSKI
          MARISA CLIFFORD
          BRIAN LEVY


          Executive Producers
          JUSTUS HAERDER
          KATHY RIVKIN DAUM


          ROLLING CREDITS
          SVP Production & Operations
          CLAIRE WINGATE

          Line Producer
          ISABEL DAVIS

          Production Manager
          LAURA LAWRENCE

          Drama Producer
          JOHN BANNISTER

          Archive Producer
          JEANNIE CLARK

          Music Supervisor
          VICKI WILLIAMS

          Casting By
          KHARMEL COCHRANE

          Casting Associate
          JOELLE COCHRANE

          Sound
          STEPHEN HODGE

          Additional Sound
          DAVID LINDSAY

          Additional Photography
          WILL PUGH

          1st Assistant Director
          TRISTAN MCILWHAM HEFELE

          2nd Assistant Director
          CHARLIE HAVORD

          3rd Assistant Director
          JOE MULVIHILL

          Production Coordinator
          MARTHA NANSERA

          Production Assistants
          LEWIS HARRISON
          JOE SOFTLEY
          TOM DAVIES

          Focus Puller
          FRAN WESTON
          CHRIS RANDAK

          Assistant Camera
          LOUIS SPANSWICK-O’BRIEN
          MITCH COLLINS
          ASHLEY HICKS
          ANIA BAHADRIAN

          Gaffer
          JOHN BURKE

          Electricians
          NEIL BLACKMAN
          STEVE BLYTHE
          ROBERT STEWART

          Art Director
          SCARLETT CLIFFORD

          Set Decorator
          ALICE WIGGLEY

          Stand By
          NICHOLAS HANCOCK

          Assistant Set Dresser
          MAX RANDALL

          Assistant Props
          BEN PEARSON

          Art Dept Assistant
          WILLIAM GRIFFIN

          Costume Designer
          NATALIE WILLIS

          Costume Assistants
          IRIS BÉLANGER NOËL
          MARIANNA BOURMPOULA

          Hair & Make Up Artist
          JOJO COPEMAN

          HMU Assistant
          DONNA-MARIE FIELD

          Medic
          MARK YOUNG

          Security
          KERRI MCCANN

          Post Production Facilities
          HALO

          DI Producer
          MARIE VALENTINO

          Supervising Sound Editor
          JAY PRICE

          Dialogue Editor
          SIMON HILL

          Sound Editor
          STEVE BEREZAI

          Re-recording Mixer
          JOHN ROGERSON

          Colourist
          ROSS BAKER
          STUART FYVIE

          Flame Artist
          MARK CHAPMAN

          DI Assistant
          CHRISTOPHER FRANKLAND


           

          JAMAICA UNIT

          Fixer
          TANYA E. TAYLOR

          Locations Manager
          COLIN SMIKLE

          1st Assistant Director
          ALEX MOORE

          Sound
          SHELDON TURNBULL

          Camera Assistants
          WAYNE JONES
          ALEXANDER DELAPENHA

          Electrician
          CHRIS DILWORTH

          Grip
          KADRI SAMUELS

          Wardrobe Stylist
          FIDGE FLETCHER

          Hair & Make Up Artist
          EMILY NEWLAND

          Art Director
          NICOLE MARSH

          Art Assistants
          ROLANDO ALLEN
          TAFAWA RUSSELL

          Armourer
          CAPT. ROBERT HIBBERT

          Production Assistant
          JEFF CROSSLEY

          Production Insurance
          JLT SPECIALTY LIMITED


          CAST
          (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

          AJ MACGILLIVRAY
          ANDRE DWAYNE
          BERTIE COX
          CHEEKO MUIR
          DAN GREEST
          INDI CONTI
          JEFF CROSSLEY
          JEMEIL ‘G MILLZ’ SIMPSON
          JERMAINE NWOSU
          JOEL OAWONG ELLIS
          JORDAN AJADI
          JOSSHUAN DALEY
          KATHARINE A JOHNSON
          KYLE BELL
          MATTHEW JACOBS MORGAN
          MICHAEL BOOTHE
          MICHAEL WARD
          NOBUSE JUNIOR
          PAUL BOWEN
          PHILIPS NORTEY
          SALLY HORWELL
          SONG HUNG CHANG
          TRE WILLIAMS
          Archive
          (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
          AP ARCHIVE
          AP ARCHIVE / BRITISH MOVIETONE
          BBC MOTION GALLERY / GETTY IMAGES
          BFI NATIONAL ARCHIVE/COI
          BLUE RAINCOAT MUSIC / AWAL RECORDINGS
          BRITISH PATHÉ
          CRITICAL PAST
          GETTY IMAGES
          HARCOURT FILMS LTD
          INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L’AUDIOVISUEL
          ISLAND RECORDS / UNIVERSAL MUSIC OPERATIONS LTD
          ITN / GETTY IMAGES
          ITV ARCHIVE
          KINOLIBRARY
          NASA
          REELIN’ IN THE YEARS PRODUCTIONS
          SCREENOCEAN / REUTERS
          SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT UK LTD
          STUDIO HAMBURG ENTERPRISES
          VIRGIN RECORDS / UNIVERSAL MUSIC OPERATIONS LTD


          MUSIC

          Let the Good Times Roll
          Performed by Shirley & Lee
          Written By Shirley Goodman &
          Leonard Lee
          Published by BMG Rights
          Management UK Ltd, a BMG
          company, EMI Unart Catalog Inc &
          Universal Music Publishing Ltd
          Courtesy of Capitol Records LLC.
          Under licence from Universal Music
          Operations Ltd

          No More Doggin’
          Performed by Rosco Gordon
          Written by Jules Bihari & Rosco
          Gordon
          Published by Universal Music
          Publishing MGB Ltd
          Courtesy of Ace Copyrights Ltd

          Caldonia (What Makes Your Big
          Head Hard?)
          Performed by Louis Jordan
          Written By Fleecie Moore
          Published by Cherio-Music Inc (NS)
          all rights administered by Chappell
          Morris Ltd
          Courtesy of Verve Records
          Under licence from Universal Music
          Operations Ltd

          Lover Boy
          Performed by Derrick Morgan
          Written by Derrick Morgan & Arthur
          Stanley Reid
          Published by Westbury Music Ltd &
          Jack Russell Music Ltd
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Carry Go Bring Home
          Performed by Justin Hinds
          Written by Justin Hinds
          Published by Blue Mountain Music
          Ltd adminstered by Kobalt Music
          Publishing Ltd
          Courtesy of Trojan Records., a BMG
          Company

          Blazing Fire
          Performed by Derrick Morgan
          Written by Derrick Seymour Morgan
          Published by Universal Music
          Publishing Ltd.

          My Boy Lollipop
          Performed by Millie Small
          Written by Johnny Roberts & Morris
          Levy
          Published by EMI Longitude Music
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company
          Courtesy of Island Records
          Under licence from Universal Music
          Operations Ltd

          No Good Rudie
          Performed by Justin Hinds & The
          Dominoes
          Written by Justin Hinds
          Published by New Town Sound Ltd
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Tougher than Tough
          Performed by Derrick Morgan
          Written by Derrick Seymour Morgan
          Published by Universal Music
          Publishing Ltd.
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Rudy, a Message to You
          Performed by Dandy Livingstone
          Written by Robert Thompson
          Published by Carlin Music Corp.
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          54-56 Was My Number
          Performed by The Maytals
          Written by Frederick Hibbert
          Published by Universal Music
          Publishing Ltd.
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Seven Letters
          Performed by Derrick Morgan
          Written by Derrick Morgan
          Published by New Town Sound Ltd
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Reggae in your Jeggae
          Performed by Dandy Livingstone
          Written by Mulby Robert Thompson
          Published by Chester Music Ltd
          trading as Sparta Florida Music
          Group
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Ali Baba
          Performed by John Holt
          Written by John Holt
          Published by Chester Music Ltd
          trading as Sparta Florida Music
          Group
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Shanty Town (007)
          Performed by Desmond Dekker &
          The Aces
          Written by Desmond Dekker
          Published by Universal/Island Music
          Ltd.
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Liquidator
          Performed by Harry J All Stars
          Written by Harry Zephaniah Johnson
          Published by Westbury Music Ltd
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Moon Hop
          Performed by Derrick Morgan
          Written by Derrick Morgan, Roy Ellis
          & Monty Neysmith
          Published by New Town Sound Ltd &
          B&C Music Publishing Inc.
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Tighten Up
          Performed by The Untouchables
          Written by Derrick Harriott & Rainford
          Hugh Perry
          Published by Westbury Music Ltd &
          Third Side Music o/b/o Jamrec Music
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Return of Django
          Performed by The Upsetters
          Written by Lee Perry
          Published by B&C Music Publishing
          Ltd
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Long Shot (Kick The Bucket)
          Performed by The Pioneers
          Written by Loren Robinson, Sydney
          Crooks & George Agard
          Published by Blue Mountain Music
          Ltd administered by Kobalt Music
          Publishing Ltd
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Israelites
          Performed by Desmond Dekker &
          The Aces
          Written by Desmond Dacres and
          Leslie Kong
          Published by Universal/Island Music
          Ltd. & Chester Music Ltd trading as
          Sparta Florida Music Group
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Monkey Man
          Performed by The Maytals
          Written by Frederick Hibbert
          Published by Universal Music
          Publishing Ltd
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Wonderful World, Beautiful People
          Performed by Jimmy Cliff
          Written by Jimmy Cliff
          Published by Universal/Island Music
          Ltd.
          Courtesy of Island Records
          Under licence from Universal Music
          Operations Ltd

          To Be Young, Gifted & Black
          Performed by Bob & Marcia
          Written by Nina Simone & Weldon
          Irvine
          Published by EMI Grove Park Music
          Inc/Ninandy Music courtesy of the
          Nina Simone Charitable Trust and
          Steven Ames Brown
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Revenge of Clint Eastwood
          Performed by The Pyramids aka
          Symarip
          Written by Rupie Edwards
          Published by Rupie Edwards Musi

          Double Barrel
          Performed by Dave & Ansel Collins
          Written by Dave Barker, Ansell
          Collins & Winston Riley,
          Published by Greensleeves
          Publishing Ltd o/b/o Dub Plate Music
          Publishers Ltd, Maxwood Music Ltd,
          St James Music Publishing Ltd (a
          division of Prestige-Elite Records Ltd)
          & Westbury Music Ltd
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          You Can Get It If You Really Want It
          Performed by Desmond Dekker
          Written by Jimmy Cliff
          Published by Universal/Island Music
          Ltd.
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Let Your Yeah be Yeah
          Performed by The Pioneers
          Written by Jimmy Cliff
          Published by Univeral/Island Music
          Ltd.
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Everything I Own
          Performed by Ken Boothe
          Written by David Gates
          Published by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Pressure Drop
          Performed by The Maytals
          Written by Frederick Hibbert
          Published by Universal Music
          Publishing Ltd.
          Courtesy of Trojan Records, a BMG
          Company

          Composed Music By
          STUART LITTLE


          Special Thanks
          (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
          ALEXI CORY-SMITH
          BERYL GOPTHAL
          DAVE STEWART
          DIDIER DEHAUTEUR
          JAMES MEADOWS
          JEFF CHRISTIAN
          JIM FLYNN
          KAMI NAGHDI
          LAURENCE CANE-HONEYSETT
          MARTIN GOPTHAL
          MAX NORLIN
          MICHAEL KACHKO
          PETER STACK
          STEVE BARROW
          STEVE BUNYAN
          THE JAMAICA FILM COMMISSION
          VALERIE HAINES
          WILL KENNEDY
          FILMED ON LOCATION IN
          UK & JAMAICA

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