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Film, Tue 29 Oct 2019

Tuesday Wonder: The Harder They Come

Tuesday Wonder: The Harder They Come


Plus introduction from Dr Emily Zobel Marshall

A cautionary tale, written, produced and directed by Jamaican born Perry Henzell, in which poor Jamaican country boy Ivanhoe 'Ivan' Martin (Jimmy Cliff) tries to make it big in Kingston with a hit record.

The Harder They Come was the country’s landmark first feature in 1972, part-funded by Island Records as a means of promoting reggae outside Jamaica. Its bestselling soundtrack includes contributions from Toots and the Maytals, Desmond Dekker and of course, Jimmy Cliff.

The Film will be introduced by Dr Emily Zobel Marshall (School of Cultural Studies & Humanities, Leeds Beckett University). Emily is an expert in the role of ‘Trickster’ figures in the literatures and cultures of Africa and its Diaspora and has published widely in this area. Her introduction to The Harder They Come and Rockers (2will invite us to consider how the films she has chosen resonate with how the figure appears in Caribbean folklore.

Shining a light on those hidden gems that you really shouldn't miss.

This film is part of our Black History Month season, exploring & celebrating black culture, history & identity on screen.

Jamaica, 1972, 143mins, Cert.15

Language: English with English subs
Director: Perry Henzell
Starring: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw
Association: Dr Emily Zobel Marshall

Credit cards accepted (no fee)On-site light refreshments

Event details

Dates Times
Tue 29 Oct 2019 18:15 to 00:00

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Tue 29 Oct Tuesday Wonder: The Harder They Come
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Fri 8 Nov All About Eve



    Hyde Park Picture House


    Brudenell Road,
    LS6 1JD



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    Map reference: SE 283351  Lat: 53.81143 Long: -1.57168

    By Car
    From the city centre: Follow signs for A660 to Skipton (which after about a mile turns into Woodhouse Land). From north Leeds: Follow signs to A660 (Otley Road), Hyde Park is in between Headingley and Leeds city centre.

    By Bus
    From the city centre: The 56 runs frequently and stops right outside the cinema. Alternatively take the 1, 28, 95, 96, 97 or 97A and get off at Hyde Park Corner. Or thake the 18 or 18A and get off at Cardigan Road.

    By Train
    Take the train to Burley Park Station and take the Cardigan Road exit then follow directions to the cinema.

    Parking: free

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Burley Park station


    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments