Made in Jamaica

Made in Jamaica

"Made in Jamaica" is a powerful portrait of the leaders of the reggae music Movement, and how Reggae has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film showcases performances by the best Reggae and Dance Hall artists ever assembled. From their native ghetto to international fame, "Made in Jamaica" is the story of the artists who represent the Jamaican Dream.--©Official Site 2.4 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
Made in Jamaica

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Certificate 15
Genre Documentary
Director Jerome Laperrousaz
Cast Brick and Lace, Capleton, Joseph Current, Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar, Elephant Man, Gregory Isaacs Alaine
Studio Network Releasing
Release Date October 2009
Running Time 120 mins
 

"Made in Jamaica" is a powerful portrait of the leaders of the reggae music Movement, and how Reggae has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film showcases performances by the best Reggae and Dance Hall artists ever assembled. From their native ghetto to international fame, "Made in Jamaica" is the story of the artists who represent the Jamaican Dream.--©Official Site

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Reviews

The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

A lively documentary, although it passes lightly over the ugly side of dancehall, and its boorish attitudes to gay men.

22/10/2009

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Time Out

Trevor Johnston

Moreover, the diversity of the music itself defeats any organising principle – dancehall headliner Elephant Man, for instance, lurches from gangsta provocation to a Marley cover, then asks the ladies in the front row to touch his ‘anaconda’. Diffuse, but worthwhile.

22/10/2009

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The Times

Ed Potton

As a history of the most musically creative island in the Caribbean, it’s inevitably incomplete, although there’s an impressive breadth of interviewees, from soulful elder statesmen such as Bunny Wailer, Toots and Gregory Isaac, to contemporary Jamaican stars such as Bounty Killer, Elephant Man and Lady Saw.

24/10/2009

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

Not being a reggae expert, I’d have preferred Laperrousaz to give more information about the music’s history. And fans will probably find the film’s performance clips annoyingly short.

25/10/2009

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Total Film

Carmen Gray

Alas, the haphazard structure chafes against its gritty aspirations.

22/10/2009

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Channel 4 Film

Jon Fortgang

It's a chaotic journey through the unreported world of dancehall - a controversial, booty-shaking offshoot of reggae - but for outsiders looking in, Made In Jamaica is a frustratingly unilluminating experience, seeped in the scene itself but without any clear sense of form or direction.

26/10/2009

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Empire Magazine

Anna Smith

Performance footage is intercut with interviews with musicians including Toots, Bunny Wailer and Bounty Killer. But there’s no real sense of direction: talking heads ramble about politics, guns and music without forming a clear picture.

26/10/2009

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The Observer

Philip French

Some of the performers are hugely likable, especially the older ones. But a couple are extremely unpleasant, most especially Animal Man, who encourages members of the audience to simulate sex on stage and invites young women to stretch up and "feel my anaconda". The film concludes with him singing the Jamaican national anthem.

25/10/2009

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

I found it hard to warm to this overlong documentary about new trends in reggae, perhaps because of the sense that all the less savoury aspects of that culture were being softballed.

22/10/2009

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Stick to the soundtrack album.

25/10/2009

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