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Legacy in the Dust - The Four Aces Story

Screenings of the documentary feature film by Winstan Whitter

6th - 9th October 2010


The film traces the life and death of a club. In the 1960’s Mr. Newton Dunbar came to the UK from Jamaica and founded the first Reggae-oriented music venue called ‘The Four Aces’.


Situated in the heart of East London, for 33 years the club was home to some of the most influential black music and musicians of our time. It showcased new music genres such as Reggae, Ska, Jazz and Soul, performed at the time by artists including Desmond Decker, Jimmy Cliff, Count Shelly, Ann Peebles, Percy Sledge, Ben E King and Billy Ocean.


On the audience side, the club opened its doors to The Clash, Chrissie Hynde, Bob Marley, The Slits, Sex Pistols, Marc Bolan and Bob Dylan, all of whom were later heavily influenced by the infectious pulsating rhythms that they had heard at ‘The Four Aces’.


The venue also pioneered the early indoor Rave scene, which took off during the days of Acid House music in the mid 80’s. Despite its success however, the legendry club came under fire from the local police. It was forced to close its doors in the late 90’s due to a compulsory re- possession ordered by the local authorities, issued in order to make way for regeneration in Hackney in preparation for the forthcoming 2012 Olympics.

BHVU is pleased to present a four day screening event of Legacy in the Dust. The film is currently unreleased and this pre-book only event will serve as a fundraiser to help raise the funds needed to clear rights to the music, archive film and photography that make this film so extraordinary.

Legacy in the Dust has amassed a huge fanbase following since its debut screenings at the BFI, ICA, V&A and TUC in 2008.


Hand-printed limited edition screenprints taken from original 'Four Aces' posters and photographs are available to buy through the BHVU shop.