Dick Fontaine Does HomeGrown Hip Hop In ManchesterCult documentary film director Dick Fontaine, comes to Manchester for an exclusive film screening event, at Cornerhouse, organised in conjunction with Urbis to celebrate their current exhibition HomeGrown:The Story of UK Hip Hop (continues to March 2010).

The evening will include an exclusive film screening of two of Fontaine’s films Beat This! A Hip Hop History and Bombin' and will take place at Cornerhouse on Friday 13th November from 8.30 pm. The screening will be followed by a half hour Q&A session with Fontaine himself.

Beat This! A Hip Hop History was originally commissioned by the BBC in 1984, as part of the Arena series, this seminal documentary about Hip Hop culture, stars Afrika Bambaataa and DJ Kool Herc and features authentic footage from Herc’s renowned bloc parties. The film is also featured as one of the exhibits within the HomeGrown exhibibiton at Urbis.

Dick FontaineBombin’ (1988) also a documentary film brings Bronx graffiti writer Brim Fuentes to meet with UK counterparts 3-D (the Wild Bunch) and Drum and Bass icon Goldie, then known as a prominent Graf artist.

Pollyanna Clayton-Stamm, Head of Creative Programmes at Urbis comments:

“As the man who brought the first serious documentary about Hip Hop to a mass British audience, it is a great privilege to welcome Dick Fontaine to Manchester for this event. The footage captured in both of these two films is rare, insightful, and extremely significant and the chance to meet its creator is one no music lover should miss”.

Dick Fontaine's latest film Handsworth Calling has just been shown to industry professionals at Sheffield's DocFest. http://sheffdocfest.com - and is a montage of short films made by cast members of 1 Day - Penny Woolcock’s film billed as the UKs first Hip Hop music. All the filmmakers worked under the supervision and direction of Dick Fontaine and the National Film and Television School. Four of the short films were shown on C4 as "3 Minute Wonders" two weeks ago, under the headline "1 Day in Handsworth". The films are thought-provoking, humorous and human. Together they present an insight into a community in Birmingham through local eyes.

Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester M4 3BG.
Open daily 10am – 6pm
Tel: 0161 605 8200

Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH, UK
Tickets & Information: 0161 200 1500
General Enquiries & Switchboard: 0161 228 7621

This event starts at 8.30pm on Friday 13th November.
This event costs £7 full price and £5 for concessions and all bookings must be made via Cornerhouse.

HomeGrown: The Story of UK Hip Hop exhibition continues until March 2010. The documents the rise of the UK Hip Hop scene as a unique subculture. Featuring photographs, film footage, graphic design and personal items from the collections of many of the UKs key players. Includes work by Paul Hampartsoumian, Beezer, Al Baker, Normski and many more.

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