SCREENING: 01 November 2019 at 18:30
LDN - RIO CINEMA
Dir. Javier Senz, 2019, Spain, 73 min
WORLD PREMIERE + Q&A featuring the director and John Morales
Followed by a free after-party at Rubys Dalston N16 7XB
"Responsible for more than 700 mixes during the ‘70s/‘80s and still going strong, JOHN MORALES is a bonafide dance music legend. Alongside remixers like Tom Moulton, Morales is one of the disco-era originators who pioneered tape-edit techniques and the 12-inch extended mix, often completely reworking songs from their original form into percussive-heavy, Latin-leaning, dance-floor ready bombs. With his M&M Production partner Sergio Munzibai and later on solo, everyone from roof-lifting divas like Jocelyn Brown, Margie Joseph, Evelyn Champagne King, and Thelma Houston, through to the Fatback Band and Marvin Gaye have benefited from his considerable midas-touch studio talents. Still churning out studio mixes and touring as a DJ aged 65, Morales is up-close and personal in this new documentary by director Javi Senz (Manchester Keeps Dancing), who films the man in New York, Ibiza, and Lanzarote. Taking us back to the bodegas, basketball courts and Bronx clubs of his youth, as well as his current home studio and behind the decks on tour, Morales unpacks his enduring passion for music and the highs and lows of a six-decade career, while revealing more private musings in some very candid direct-to-camera dialogue.
Coming exclusively to Golden Age just weeks after its World Premiere in London, these preview screenings mean Sydneysiders will be some of the first people on the planet to see Disco Confessions. Featuring a great soundtrack and stories unheard by many, Morales is joined on camera by numerous well-known artists, including lifelong friend and collaborator, Jocelyn Brown, as well as contemporaries Louie Vega, Danny Krivit, DJ Spinna, DJ Spen, Kenny Dope, Joey Negro, Todd Terry, Terry Hunter, Simon Dunmore and Bobby Laviniere, who provide insights. Overdue, this is the most complete and personal picture we have of an artist whose influential style and musical output has had a marked effect on everyone from dancers young and old, to the current crop of producers and those who went before and likewise changed the course of dance music and clubbing."
Doc’n Roll Film Festival is supported by the BFI using funds from the National Lottery to grow audience appetite and enjoyment for a wide range of independent British and international films.