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Lee Scratch Perry is undoubtedly one of the godfathers of both reggae and dub, with a track record that traces all the way back through to the 1960s for an output of very special music; his idiosyncratic path garnering a legion of loyal followers. With a chance for a new look at the man himself in film Vision Of Paradise, which coincides with his 80th birthday; Tyneside Cinema hosts a screening on Sunday 20th March.

Fifteen years worth of filming from director Volker Schaner makes for a fascinating snapshot of Perry’s life, as he is shown on a spiritual and geographical journey taking in Jamaica, Ethiopia, Switzerland and London. It’s a never-before-granted level of access, creating something that’s part documentary, part fairy tale adventure; but all poetic, funny and mind-blowing. Contributions from dub heroes such as Adrian Sherwood and Dennis Bovell add some wonderful depth to this fascinating movie of a musical icon.

The movie also serves as a unique documentation of Perry’s infamous and legendary “secret laboratory” in Switzerland, which despite its recent destruction by fire, is immortalised on film here. Lee Scratch Perry may be 79, but he’s still fighting fit and creatively inspired, and all of that will burst forth from the screen in this sharp slice of cinema.

Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision Of Paradise is at Tyneside Cinema on Sunday 20th March.

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