Five former breakdancers reflect on their youthful rites of passage through the vibrant UK Hip Hop scene of the early 1980s and how it allowed them to escape the confines of life on inner city council estates. As the wild energy of the scene burned out their adolescent dreams met the realities of adulthood. But the scene had a lasting legacy on their lives – once a B Boy, always a B Boy… and then a tragic event gives them an unexpected chance to recapture the past.
In addition to the main focuses of hip hop and breakdancing culture, following your dreams and finding your people, the film also touches on social history and the experiences growing up black and British against the backdrop of the early 1980s. It contains previously unseen archive footage and is the first film to explore the explosion of hip hop culture within the UK in the early 1980s.
NG83 When We Were B Boys – recent winner of Best Documentary at the Hip Hop Film Festival – is available for film club and film society bookings from December onwards.
Directed by: Sam Derby-Cooper/Claude Knight
Written by: Luke Scott
Produced by: Claude Knight
Running time: 74 minutes
Format: DCP and DVD
Date: 28th October 2016
“Life affirming and moving.” VICE
“NG83: When We Were B Boys is about passion overcoming the impossible. You just don’t get this kind of sh*t anymore.” Jason Williamson, Sleaford Mods
“Packs one hell of an emotional knockout punch while being funny and entertaining.” The Resident, NYC
“A vibrant snapshot of English urban life.” ★★★ – Radio Times
“Lovingly evokes the explosive impact of this new sub-culture.” Sight & Sound