Babymother follows young black woman Anita (Anjela Lauren Smith), who dreams of becoming a successful dancehall deejay, whilst juggling the difficulties of raising her two children on a Harlesden housing estate. Her ambitious babyfather Byron (Wil Johnson, Outlander) forges his own music career, unashamedly stealing lyrics from Anita in the process. Supported by her rude girl friends Anita is determined to make her mark, culminating in a dancehall battle against Byron.
Widely considered to be the first truly black British musical, director Julian Henriques uses music to uncover the energetic culture beating at the heart of Harlesden's streets and estates. Featuring music by Beres Hammond and Carroll Thompson, this 90’s gem stars familiar faces from stage and screen including Corinne Skinner-Carter (Burning an Illusion, Pressure) as Anita’s mum and Don Warrington (Rising Damp, Death in Paradise) as ruthless promoter Luther. Babymother is released here for the first time on Blu-ray, newly remastered by the BFI.
Newly remastered in 2K by the BFI
We the Ragamuffin (1992, 26 mins): Julian Henriques' urban musical showcases the style, vernacular and vibrancy of British Caribbean Dancehall culture
Other extras TBC
**FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film