Watch a piece of musical history at the screening of alumnus' film

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham has a proud tradition of introducing a range of varied music into British culture and a documentary produced by a Birmingham graduate is set to showcase the city’s musical heritage.

On Sunday 12 May the Barber Institute of Fine Arts will host the screening of Made in Birmingham: Reggae, Punk and Bhangra, a documentary film discussing the distinctive music styles to come out of the city.

The documentary features UB40, Musical Youth and others, telling the story of the different musical genres within Birmingham from the mid 70s to the 90s.

Alumnus, Professor Roger Shannon (MA Contemporary Cultural Studies, 1979) is one of the film’s Executive Producers who has more than 30 years’ experience working in UK independent films, involved in more than 25 UK feature films.

Shannon, who was executive producer for films My Brother Tom and Cannes film festival winner Beautiful People, is currently Professor of Film and Television at Edge Hill University and the founder of Swish Films, the production company behind Made in Birmingham.

Following the screening, Professor Shannon will introduce a Q&A session with the film’s Director, Deborah Aston and Jez Collins from the Birmingham Popular Music Archive and the film’s Executive Producer.

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