Ska’d by the music film Screening at Film Oxford on the 22nd March 2018 7.30pm-9.00pm.
“Great new film which sheds light on the story of Symarip and the skinhead movement in the UK, very informative film, just when you think you know it all… well worth watching.” Reggae Film Archives
We are asking for a donation of around £2 to this screening, all money raised goes towards The Shadowlight Artists, who are a group of professional artists with Learning Disabilities based in Oxfordshire supported by Film Oxford, (not compulsory)
Ska’d by the music: 60 minutes documentary
Director: Sharon Woodward
Ska’d by the Music Synopsis
The film tells the story of Symarip, the British Jamaican Ska band that engaged a generation of working-class teenagers.
The band were known as The Bees, Pyramids, Seven Letters and Zubaba. However, it was as Symarip the creators of ‘The Skinhead Moonstomp’ album, that made them a mainstream chart hit. Unfortunately, this would lead to the group being banned by the BBC, the Mecca Ballrooms and dance halls.
Ska’d by the Music Film features
The 60-minute documentary film narrated by Ska singer Natasha Marie was completed in December 2017 and was officially released in January 2018.
The film features interviews with four of the original members of Symarip Roy Ellis, Monty Neysmith, Frank Pitter & Michael Thomas.
Other interviews include:
Graeme (Goody) Goodall sadly passed away in 2014. Co-Founder of Island Records & Doctor Bird
Neville Staple – Artists, songwriter, performer and actor, Original Rudeboy Neville Staple Band (former singer with The Specials and Fun Boy Three)
Jennie Matthias –Singer, songwriter, performer and campaigner (former singer with The Belle Stars).
Roddy Moreno – Singer and songwriter with The Oppressed.
Music by Symarip, Moonstompers, Oxford Ska band -The Inflatables, The Oppressed, The Crab Corporation, Sagnor, Roy Ellis, Monty Neysmith, Frank Pitter, Michael Thomas
Ska’d by the Music Screenings
The film is currently going out to Film Festival throughout the world, it is to be broadcast later in the year on the Together! Channel. The first supporter-owned national TV channel dedicated to inspiring social change. Ska’d by the music is also distributed by Concord Media (Educational & Arts) distribution.