Carnival! – A Don Letts Film

posted on September 22nd, 2009 by in Movie


While I hope Electric Sky / Brassneck TV productions won´t sue me or send me to jail for youtubing the Quicktime version of the trailer you see above, I´m really happy to see Don Letts´ “Carnival!” documentary hitting the streets after premiering at this year´s Notting Hill Carnival.

In “Carnival!”,

Grammy Award winner Don Letts tells the incredible story of Europe’s biggest street party – the Notting Hill Carnival. Wonderful interviews, unseen archive and an amazing soundtrack combine to chart the history of this celebration of multicultural London!

Starting out in 1959 as a response to the worst racial violence the streets of London has ever seen, Carnival began when over a hundred Caribbean Londoners came together, using music and dance in a show of harmony. Half a century later and this multicultural celebration of diversity attracts over a million people to London every year!

A balanced mix of reality and history, the film captivates young and old, black and white, with unseen archive, an amazing soundtrack and wonderful interviews with Sir Trevor McDonald, Paul Simonon of The Clash, Miquita Oliver, Norman Jay and Jazzie B. (via Electric Sky)

“Carnival!” is the “first definite film about the two-day celebration and the issues surrounding it” (via The Independent) and I´m massively looking forward to see the full-length feature.


  • how come u have the video set to private? would love to see this!

  • toastyle1210

    my bad. should be public now.

  • Excellent…I hope it gets a US release on DVD?

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