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Lee Scratch Perry’s ‘Vision Of Paradise’ – Scratch celebrates his 80th birthday with UK film screenings…

Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision Of Paradise is the ultimate portrait of a true musical icon. To celebrate Lee’s 80th birthday, the movie will be in cinemas this February/March, and available on DVD via Cadiz Music, and on VOD via iTunes, Amazon Prime, Netfilx plus the film’s own website on 8th April.

Screenings:

Friday 5th February Oswestry Kinokulture Cinema
Friday 5th February Colchester First Site Cinema
Saturday 6th February Belfast QFT
Sunday 7th February Glasgow Glasgow Film Theatre
Sunday 7th February Nottingham Broadway Cinema
Wednesday 17th February London Picturehouse Central (Screening + directors Q&A)
Thursday 18th February Manchester Home Cinema
Weds 24 February Birmingham MAC
Thurs 25 February Birmingham MAC
Friday 26th February Hereford Borderlines Film Festival
Saturday 27th February Dublin Irish Film Institute
Sunday 28th February Hebden Bridge Picture House
Thursday 3rd March Hebden Bridge Picture House
Monday 29th February Liverpool FACT
Wednesday 2nd March Brighton Duke’s at Komedia
Wednesday 16th March Bristol Cube
Tuesday 22nd March Kendal Brewery Arts Centre

For the past 15 years director Volker Schaner has followed Perry on a spiritual and geographical journey taking in Jamaica, Ethiopia, Switzerland and London. Over this period Volker has earned Perry’s trust, resulting in a never-before-granted level of access and insight into Perrys’ fantastical, spiritual world. This classic-in-the-making tells a story of epic, magical proportions that’s not a biography, more fairytale documentary and art piece for itself, which is in turns funny, poetic and frequently mind blowing.

In addition to the filmed footage of the man himself, plus an all-star cast of dub and reggae-related musicians, Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision Of Paradise is illustrated by unique animated scenes. Using traditional painting techniques, the artist Maria Sargarodschi created imaginary characters of surprising contemporary style influenced by Ethiopian Christian Orthodox Church Art, Lee Perry’s imaginary cosmos and the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.

The movie also serves as a unique documentation of Lee’s now infamous and already legendary “secret laboratory” in Switzerland, which despite its recent destruction by fire, is immortalised in celluloid. As well as being featured in the film, you can watch a specially-edited bonus tribute piece here.

The DVD extras also include a photo gallery of Lee’s creative space in all its chaotic and artistic pre-fire glory. Other DVD extras include a a 24 page book, a 30 minute ‘making of’ documentary, director’s comments and over 2 hours of additional unseen scenes.

Lee will also be performing the following live dates

Friday 11th March Whitstable Duke of Cumberland,
Saturday 12th March Brixton Electric
Sunday 13th March Brighton Concorde
Wednesday 16th March Brewery Arts Centre Kendal

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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