Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes UK Theatrical Tour

Kush Film Presents 
UK Cinema Tour

Celebrating Jamaica's 60th Year Independence Anniversary
and UK Black History Month 2022

Enjoy Special Screenings + Q&A's
& Reggae Afterparties


Find a Cinema Near You!

Fri 30th September (6.45pm)
Film, Q&A & Party till 1.00am (£10)
Music by: Floww & DJ Lee / PA: Ash-i Walker
Genesis Cinema, Lon, E1 4UJ

Sat 8 October (9.00pm)
Queen’s Film Theatre
21 University Square, Belfast BT7 1PA

Tues 11 October
The Poly
Falmouth Cornwall, TR11 3EG

Thurs 13 October
Film, Q&A
Ritzy Cinema
Brixton, Lon, SW2 1JG

Fri 14, 15 & 16 October
Q&A Sat 15 @6.00pm (£10.50)
The Lexi Cinema,
Lon, NW10 3JU

Wed 19 October
Film, Q&A (6.00pm)
Showroom Workstation Sheffield, S1 2BX

Thurs 20 October
Film, Q&A (8.40pm)
Edinburgh Filmhouse, EH3 9BZ

Fri 21 October
Film, Q&A (9.15pm)
Rio Cinema, Lon, E8 2PB

Sat 22 October
Film, Q&A (8.45pm / £10.99)
Catford Mews, Lon, SE6 4JU.

Sun 23 October
Film, Q&A, Music in bar (DJ 4.00pm for 6.00pm film)
Riverside Studios, Lon, W6 9BX

Tues 25 October
Film, Q&A (8.00pm)
Hackney Picturehouse, Lon E8 1HE

Wed 26 October
Film, Q&A (8.00pm)
Lon, B9 4AA

Sun 30 October
Film, Q&A (1.00pm)
Gate Picturehouse, Lon, W11 3JZ

11 November
Leeds International Film Festival
Film, Q&A (5.50pm)
22 The Light, The Headrow
Leeds, LS1 8TL

Sat 12 November (tbc)
Film, Q&A (7.30pm)
Mockingbird CinemaBirmingham, B9 4AA

STUDIO 17: THE LOST REGGAE TAPES tells the compelling story of the Chin’s - The Chinese Jamaican family behind “Studio 17”. Located in downtown Kingston, Studio 17 became a legendary recording studio right at the heart of the music revolution that began after Jamaican independence from Great Britain in 1962.

In the late 1950’s Vincent Chin was working for a jukebox company, changing out worn records all over Jamaica. The used records were usually thrown away, but Vincent had the bright idea to sell them at a reduced price. At his side from the start was Pat Chin, who had given up nursing to join Vincent as he travelled around the island. Together they set up “Randy’s Records”. A spirit of excitement started to grip Jamaica with the onset of independence and in 1962 Vincent produced his first record, “Independent Jamaica” with Lord Creator a popular and charismatic singer of the time. “Independent Jamaica” became a huge hit and launched Vincent Chin into record production.

Jamaica’s music revolution had begun, and “Ska” was born. Millie Small’s “My Boy Lollipop” had became a global hit. With booming record sales and the success of “Independent Jamaica” behind them, the Chins went on to build a studio above “Randys” known as “Studio 17”.  They had created a fully integrated production and sales outlet.

In its prime, artists who recorded at Studio 17 included Bob Marley & the Wailers, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Alton Ellis, Carl Malcolm, Ken Boothe, Jimmy London, The Skatalites, Lord Creator and many more. But dramatically, political turmoil in the late 1970’s forced the Chin family to flee Jamaica for New York and the recordings were abandoned. Vincent and Pat established VP Records (named after the initials of their first names). VP is now the world’s largest independent distributor of reggae music.

Forty years on, a treasure trove of original Studio 17 tapes have been salvaged to reveal unique and stunning recordings from the ‘golden age’ of reggae, many of which were unreleased and some never heard before. As the tapes are played they give rise to a myriad of wonderful stories told by Clive Chin, Vincent’s son and protégé.  In a highly poignant conclusion the teenage voice of the late Dennis Brown is beautifully re-mixed with the vocals of a rising teenage star, Hollie Stephenson, all magically orchestrated by producer and one time Eurythmics star, Dave Stewart. 

Shot in Jamaica, New York, Hamburg and London the film includes interviews with Jimmy Cliff, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Dave Stewart, Sly Dunbar, Ali Campbell, Ernest Ranglin, Carl Malcolm, Lord Creator, Bunny Lee, King Jammy, Jimmy London, Lester Sterling, Rico Rodriguez, Clive Chin, Pat Chin, Maxi Priest, Lester Sterling and many more.

 “One of my favourite documentaries right now. It’s documentaries like this that bring us closer to the music”

Quincy Jones, via Forbes

“One of the finest reggae documentaries ever made”

John Masouri, Echoes


“A magical piece of work…fascinating insight into the earliest period of the music”

David Rodigan, BBC 1Xtra

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