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Available for the first time to watch in it’s entirety online is the fantastic short documentary, The Bull and the Bass, from London-based filmmaker Becca Hyman.
When I first met Becca she had a photo of her Grandfather, Frederick Roy, on her wall. It was his BBC photo card pass, and the first indication that this man lead this totally fascinating life.
Roy emigrated from Jamaica to Britain in the 1940’s. He was an RAF engineer, a Jazz musician, an actor, a businessman, a Father and, despite the fact that he passed away many years ago, he co-created this film. With the discovery of 16mm footage Roy shot over a number of years, Becca was able to piece together clues about his life, restoring the footage on a traditional Steenbeck machine. Karen, Roy’s daughter fills in the gaps with intimate narration.
This is an AMAZING film, seriously, it’s such a tender look at this relationship between a man who had so many ideas and plans but was met with all these obstacles, and the daughter he loved, but forbade from following the same path. It talks about community, family, identity and what life was like for a Jamaican immigrant living in 1940’s and 50’s Britain. PLUS jazz music, really cool restored footage and the most tender closing moments of a documentary you’ll ever see.
In summary, you HAVE to watch this film. It’s available on youtube (see above) and it’s only 18 minutes long, well worth the watch. Support British filmmakers, support women filmmakers, support black filmmakers. Watch this film, tell your friends.
That is all.