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Gimme Some Truth presents: Shella Record – A Reggae Mystery

Wed, Aug 21 / 7 pm
Thu, Aug 22 / 9:30 pm
Fri, Aug 23 / 9 pm
Sat, Aug 24 / 3 pm & 9 pm
Sun, Aug 25 / 7 pm
Wed, Aug 28 / 9 pm
Sat, Aug 31 / 9 pm
Directed by Chris Flanagan
2019, Canada, 87 min

Ten years ago, artist and vinyl fanatic Chris Flanagan unearthed a mysterious thrift store record that changed his whole life. Haunted by the voice of a woman listed only as ‘Shella Record’ he dropped everything and began a quest to find out who she was and what happened to her. Beginning in Toronto’s underground Reggae scene Chris hears only rumours and whispers until finally, after playing the song on local radio a mystery caller identifies her as 1960s Jamaican Jazz singer Sheila Rickards. Despite warnings to drop the search, Chris embarks on a pilgrimage to Kingston Jamaica to try and find Sheila, hoping to get some clues from the Reggae godfather, producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee.

Chris follows rumours and red herrings across the island, exploring the city’s streets, burned down studios and sacred musical sites encountering legends of Reggae’s golden era. These musicians all remember the dynamic Sheila Rickards but no one has seen her since she recorded her only Reggae song and then vanished. He soon travels to America following in her footsteps from New York to Los Angeles, enlisting the help of psychics, private investigators and ghost hunters in an increasingly desperate search. What he discovers may surprise you.

Reviews

Record collector Chris Flanagan’s enthusiastic doc is a musical mystery about a lost classic of Jamaican reggae. The song’s vocals are powerful and haunting. The best scenes are the musician encounters, which are enough to make this film worth a watch for fans of Jamaican music.
- Kevin Ritchie, NOW WEEKLY
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