Inna De Yard, Peter Webber’s joyful documentary feature following reggae musicians in Jamaica, arrives in UK and Irish cinemas on August. Legends of the musical genre convene to record a new album of infectious unplugged hits, this celebration of music has been called the Buena Vista Social Club for reggae.
Peter Webber heads to Jamaica to capture a piece of reggae history. In documentary feature Inna De Yard, a superstar group of reggae legends convene to record a new album of infectious unplugged reggae hits in a joyful, vibrant celebration of the genre’s roots.
Featuring legends of reggae including Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Cedric Myton, Judy Mowatt and Kiddus I, Inna De Yard is awash with intimate acoustic versions of classic tracks as well as footage from their live performance in Paris.
Described as “an appealing blend of accessibly toe-tapping music and likeable characters” by by Wendy Ide on Screen Daily following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, get ready for nostalgia with songs like Boothe’s Everything I Own.
The film captures the soul of Amazing Grace and the narrative appeal of Searching For Sugarman through the poetry and passion of these legends’ homeland. Inna De Yard recounts the history and ongoing relevance of reggae and its social values, and the music’s passion to revitalise an older generation while passing it on to younger listeners. Webber paints an unforgettable portrait of these pioneering artists and their success, happiness and heartache.
A landmark documentary, we are immersed in this colossally influential music scene through the eyes and music of artists not previously well-documented on film and TV unlike Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. This “a sunny, heart-felt reggae tribute” (Nathanael Hood, Unseen Films) was a chance for director Webber to meet some of his musical heroes.
He says, “I’ve been a reggae fan since my teenage years growing up in West London as a teenage punk rocker, and the chance to meet some of my childhood heroes and discover the true stories behind their most celebrated songs was a dream come true.
“Inna de Yard is a celebration of music, a balmy summer feel-good movie about a group of veteran musicians gathering together to make music in the “yard” of a house in the hills above Kingston.
“They invited a handful of younger musicians to collaborate with them making an acoustic album in this down home setting. These celebrated men and women invited me into their lives and revealed their tales of struggle and triumph over adversity as I travelled around Jamaica in search of the roots of reggae music.”
The film will screen as the Closing Night Film of this year’s Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House on Wednesday August 21 before its theatrical release UK and Ireland-wide on August 30.