Almost fifty years after Perry Henzell’s The Harder They Come put Jamaica on the cinematic map. Henzell spent the next eight years getting enough money together to make his second Jamaican feature, No Place Like Home. He shot the film during the 1970s, but when the New York laboratory where the film material was stored closed down, the negative was lost. To Henzell’s great delight it was recently rediscovered. Henzell unfortunately died before No Place Like Home could be screened for a Jamaican audience.
Reconstructed and restored, this definitive version of the film is both a sun-kissed love letter to Jamaica and a thoughtful examination of it. Susan is the American producer of a shampoo commercial being shot in Jamaica. When the star, PJ (PJ Soles, Carrie and Halloween), abandons the shoot, Susan sets out to find her, with charismatic local fixer Carl. Making their way through the countryside Susan and Carl find themselves attracted to each other. Neither of them, however, has any illusions about the separate and unequal worlds to which they belong. With a soundtrack to rival that of The Harder They Come (and Grace Jones in her first screen role!).
There will be a recorded intro and post screening discussion with Jonathan Ali and Lisa Harewood, co-curators of the Twelve30 Collective about their journey of bringing the film to the UK.
Presented as part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, a Watershed project with support from the BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery.