Jersey’s Branchage Film Festival has taken a break for 2012, but that hasn’t stopped them from continuing to present unique and fascinating events to the island.
The Hotel de France’s great hall will be transformed into a spectacular theatre for this screening of 2012’s Searching For Sugarman, with live performances, a Q&A with producer Simon Chinn and an after party book-ending the film. There will also be a live musical performance from a very special guest, whose identity is strictly under-wraps!
Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, Searching For Sugarman tells the story of an unlikely musical hero by the name of Rodriguez, and the two South Africans who set out to find him.
Born in Detroit, Rodriguez released two critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful records during the early 1970s. After being dropped by his record label, the musician seemed to disappear from the face of the earth, with some rumours hinting that he had died.
His two albums became cult classics during the following years, especially in South Africa where his anti-establishment message spoke to the human rights and anti-apartheid movements. Rodriguez became so popular in South Africa that his albums out-sold The Beatles and Elvis, even though no one had any idea where he was or even if he was alive.
“Stunning. One of the greatest, and most moving documentaries ever made.” *****
– Q Magazine
“The all-too-credible story of a superstar that never was.” ****
– Empire Magazine
Tickets are £12.50 (plus booking fee) and are available from www.wegottickets.com, Pretty Vacant in Burrard Street, St. Helier, and The Jersey Pottery Shop in Halkett Place, St. Helier.