Last week we popped aside our weekly Mystery Cinema Night and held an exclusive screening for one of the most popular indie films produced here in the UK.
Directed by rising star Winstan Whitter’s ‘Legacy In The Dust: The Four Aces Story’ tells the story of the life and death of East London’s (if not all of London!) most legendary and exciting and progressive live music venues.
Founded by the humble but charismatic Newton Dunbar in 1966 and closed in 1999 (the result of a compulsory purchase order by Hackney Council), The Four Aces Club is credited with introducing and pioneering new music genres including reggae, acid house and jungle to the UK in an undeniable and unforgettable fashion.
The club played host to some of the most influential international music and musicians of our time as well as a home to many reggae soundsystems including Count Shelly and Sir Coxone. It was London’s equivalent of the New York Apollo. The club hosted acts such as Stevie Wonder, Ben ‘E’ King, Desmond Dekker and Otis Redding to mention just a few. Regular patrons include Bob Dylan, Billy Ocean, Bob Marley and Mick Jagger. The venue played an integral part during 70’s and 80’s, uniting the people against a backdrop of social issues like, racism, violence and SUS Laws.
The 1980’s saw the ‘Four Aces Club’, (often referred to as ‘the jewel in Dalston’s crown’) merge with the main auditorium and become north London’s legendary ‘Club Labyrinth’ showcasing the new music genres of the moment such as acid house and drum ‘n’ bass as well as the location of one of The Prodigy’s first public appearances.
The film featured exclusive interviews with Bunny ‘Stricker’ Lee, Dennis Bovell, Tippa Ire, Ariane Forster, Tessa Pollitt from The Slits, Daniel ‘Billy Bunter’, Newton Dunbar, Kenny Ken, Don Letts, Lloyd Coxone, The Prodigy and many more.
This film also featured never seen before archive film footage and photography, with music from; Matumbi, Cimarons, Steel Pulse, The Prodigy, U-Roy, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, The Slits, A Guy Called Gerald, Thilbault Renard, Public Image Limited and Bob Marley. Exclusive music sound-score from Dennis Bovell who produced the music to the movie ‘Babylon’.
Trailer: Legacy In The Dust: The Four Aces Story
Our trusty photographer Toby Ross Southall was on hand to capture the event.