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U on Film, 12 May 2018

The Rio Cinema, Dalston, London E8 2PB

‘U’ - 1970. I hour 47 minutes, 12. Black and White.  

In the late Sixties, Dalston’s very own dance/performance group, The Exploding Galaxy, was based round the corner from The Rio at 99 Balls Pond Road. After founder David Medalla left, many of them became Stone Monkey. In 1970 they worked with Mike and Robin of the ISB on an ambitious multi-media show called ‘U’, which ran for 10 days at the Roundhouse.  Joe Boyd engaged ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins to document it for his Witchseason production company. Recently discovered in the Witchseason archive, the original reel-to-reel video footage has been restored as much as possible but be warned, there are still glitches a-plenty

Mike and Robin feel the quality is not good enough to warrant a DVD release, but have agreed a one-off showing so fans have a chance to see the film. This will probably be your only chance. They have requested no press reviews please.

The film will be followed by a Q & A with some of those involved with the video restoration project, and in the original performance, including Malcom and Rose. Robin probably can’t be present; Mike has been invited. After that there will be a social, upstairs in the Circle Bar.

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