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Released: 26th July 2021

Barcode: 5035673014356

  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Studio: BFI
  • Certification: 15
  • Category: Drama
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Released: 26th July 2021

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  • Description

    Babymother follows young black woman Anita (Anjela Lauren Smith), who dreams of becoming a successful dancehall deejay, whilst juggling the difficulties of raising her two children on a Harlesden housing estate. Her ambitious babyfather Byron (Wil Johnson, Outlander) forges his own music career, unashamedly stealing lyrics from Anita in the process. Supported by her rude girl friends Anita is determined to make her mark, culminating in a dancehall battle against Byron.

    Widely considered to be the first truly black British musical, director Julian Henriques uses music to uncover the energetic culture beating at the heart of Harlesden's streets and estates. Featuring music by Beres Hammond and Carroll Thompson this 90’s gem stars familiar faces from stage and screen including Corinne Skinner-Carter (Burning an Illusion, Pressure) as Anita’s mum and Don Warrington (Rising Damp, Death in Paradise) as ruthless promoter Luther. Babymother is released here for the first time on Blu-ray, newly remastered by the BFI.

    • Newly remastered in 2K by the BFI
    • We the Ragamuffin (1992, 26 mins): Julian Henriques' urban musical showcases the style, vernacular and vibrancy of British Caribbean Dancehall culture
    • Julian Henriques and Parminder Vir on Babymother (2021): director and co-writer Julian Henriques and producer Parminder Vir talk about the production history of Babymother in the this new interview
    • Anjela Lauren Smith in conversation with Corrina Antrobus (2021): Actress Anjela Lauren Smith talks to film programmer and writer Corrina Antrobus about her role in Babymother
    • Carroll Thompson in conversation with Rōgan Graham (2021): the singer and songwriter discusses her role as music consultant on Babymother with journalist and film writer Rōgan Graham
    • Archive Q&A / Babymother Gallery (1998): an archive Q&A with Julian Henriques and Parminder Vir, recorded at the BFI's National Film Theatre on 9th September 1998. Plays over a selection of stills and production documents.
    • We the Ragamuffin Gallery
    • Trailer
    • **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Booklet featuring writing on the film by Stuart Hall and producer Parminder Vir and original press material for both We the Ragamuffin and Babymother
  • Product Details

    Actors Tameka Empson, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Don Warrington, Suzetta Llewellyn, Anjela Lauren Smith, Wil Johnson, Caroline Chikezie, Vaz Blackwood, Corinne Skinner-Carter, Badi Uzzmann, Diane Bailey, Andrea Francis, Anton Rice, Saffron Lashley
    Directed by Julian Henrique
    Additional info Language(s): English, Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English, Interactive Menu
    No. of discs 1 disc(s)
    Duration 82 mins
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