Reggae and dub legend Lee Scratch Perry is the subject of a new documentary.

Vision Of Paradise is anything but a standard biopic, however – more fairytale than biography, the movie is the culmination of German filmmaker Volker Schaner’s 15-year journey to the heart of Perry’s universe, travelling to Jamaica, Ethiopia, Germany, Switzerland and London.

As much dream sequence as narrative journey, the film is animated in a Yellow Submarine-meets-Ethiopian Orthodox style, tracing Perry’s life and legacy from working under Coxsone Dodd in 1950s Jamaica to the founding of The Upsetters and the Black Ark recording studio, where he worked with Bob Marley, Junior Murvin, The Congos and countless others. Dennis Bovell, Martin ‘Youth’ Glover and Adrian Sherwood are among the many contributors featured in the film.

Set to premiere in the UK at the East End Film Festival on July 4, you can watch the official trailer for the first time via FACT and The Vinyl Factory. The gala screening is open to the public and includes a Q&A with Perry and the director.

After that, dig into Lee Scratch Perry’s 10 best deep cuts.




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