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Patou: In Black & White + Q&A

(Rated Unclassified 15+)

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Sydney Premiere presented by Groovescooter

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For those who live in Sydney or Melbourne, there’s barely a night of the week you can’t catch Pat Powell (Patou) performing somewhere. With a career that spans more than four decades and reaches across the globe, the Jamaican singer is one of Australia’s most accomplished yet hidden vocal talents. He is the artist that everyone wants to work with; a singer’s singer. Currently a member of some 15 bands - including the ARIA award-winning Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Pat Powell’s recording and performance CV is littered with names from the top shelf of Australian soul, pop, dance, ska, reggae, blues and beyond. From being Kylie Minogue’s back-up singer of choice while on tour, to stints with Michael Hutchence's Max Q or reimagining the Midnight Oil songbook as a part of the Diesel N’ Dub crew, he’s done everything from turn heads as the heartthrob vocalist in Aussie soul-house group Ten Wedge, to open for Queen, James Brown and the Eurythmics. He’s even appeared in films like Mad Max 3 and Whipping Boy. Now filmmaker Fiona Cochrane (Strange Tenants: Ska’d For Life) gets behind the man’s music to craft a personalised portrait of Pat Powell's life and loves. A devoted father to four children from different mothers with varying ethnic backgrounds, Pat Powell is joined on screen by his adult children and extended family members for an intimate and candid examination of the ties that bind. As each one grapples uniquely with their own notions of identify, they also discuss racism, belonging and where identity comes from.

Why You Should See This Film

For starters, Pat Powell will be live in the cinema for this screening to sing you a song and also answer your questions during the Q&A. If you frequent any number of Sydney’s clubs and music venues, you may be familiar with Pat Powell as the hardworking and friendly vocalist who is always up for a post-performance chat. Maybe you’ve also seen him light up the Sydney Opera House out front of a 36-piece ska orchestra, or croon his way through a heartbreaking soul ballad as a member of the oft-seen Dancing In The Shadows Of Motown revue. You might also be familiar with his work in decades past with names like Margaret Ulrich, James Freud, Jenny Morris, Lisa Maxwell, Flotsam Jetsam, Caribbe, Club Ska and countless others. But do you know how Pat Powell ended up in Australia or what motivates the man beyond music? Born in the UK to Jamaican parents and experiencing police persecution on the streets of Bristol, as soon as he could Pat left the racism of Britain behind to tour Europe. Unexpectedly winding up Down Under during the ‘80s, he quickly discovered Australia had its own unresolved race issues, not least with its original inhabitants and First Nations custodians.


Pat Powell will also perform live in the cinema and take part in a Q&A as part of this session.

Please note: Gift Passes & Film Club Membership discounts can't be used for this special event session. All tickets are $25 for adults / $20 concession.

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  • Year: 2022
  • Rating: Unclassified 15+
  • Director: Fiona Cochrane
  • Cast: Jasna Ðuricic, Pat Powell, Nicky Bomba
  • Duration: 55 minutes
  • Language: English
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