SCREENING (Special Guest Q&A TBA): 29 October 2022 at 13:00

London - Barbican Cinema 1

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Dir. Kristian R. Hill , 2022, USA, 90 min

GOD SAID GIVE ‘EM DRUM MACHINES is the story behind one of Detroit’s great contributions to world culture: techno, the electronic-music phenomenon created by Black artists in the 1980s that would transform dance music worldwide and ultimately blossom into the multibillion-dollar EDM industry of today. In the spotlight: and more..
This is an African-American story delivered straight from the city that gave birth to it: Motor City native Kristian R. Hill directs, Detroit-born Jennifer Washington and David Grandison are producers, and in the spotlight are creative forces including Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Blake Baxter, Santonio Echols, Eddie Fowlkes and more.
As it takes viewers from Detroit to Chicago to London and Berlin,GOD SAID GIVE ’EM DRUM MACHINES offers an important corrective to previous accounts and focuses on the talent of a group of young Black artists – along with tales of mismanaged success, damaged friendships, ascendant beats, and raw inspiration.


Event supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.