Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry turns 80 this year.
As part of the celebrations, a new documentary about the dub visionary is heading to screens in the UK and Ireland during spring. The culmination of German filmmaker Volker Schaner’s 15-year journey into Perry’s universe, Vision Of Paradise looks more like fairytale than biography, a fittingly eccentric portrait of one of Jamaica’s greatest talents.
Dennis Bovell, Martin ‘Youth’ Glover and Adrian Sherwood are among the talking heads who pop up in the trailer – watch that below. After the screenings, Vision of Paradise will be available on DVD and on VOD via iTunes, Amazon Prime, Netflix and the film’s own website on April 8. The DVD extras will include a a 24-page book, a 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary, director’s comments and over two hours of additional unseen scenes.
Check the list of screenings below and keep an eye on the website for additional dates. Perry will also be performing in Whitstable, Brixton, Brighton and Kendal throughout March – check those dates below.
Late last year Perry revealed that all his incredible stage outfits and props had been destroyed in a fire, and asked fans to send their own decorative items to him in advance of this year’s tour – so if you’re feeling creative, you know what to do.
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 + director 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, Picturehouse
Monday 29th February – Liverpool, FACT
Wednesday 2nd March – Brighton, Duke’s at Komedia
Thursday 3rd March – Hebden Bridge, Picturehouse
Wednesday 16th March – Bristol, Cube
Tuesday 22nd March – Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre
Friday 11th March – Whitstable, Duke of Cumberland
Saturday 12th March – Brixton Electric
Sunday 13th March – Brighton, Concorde
Wednesday 16th March – Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre