Docs Ireland are delighted to welcome Don Letts, award-winning director, to receive the Shell Shock award for outstanding contribution to music documentary and talk about his career in documentary film.
Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world, by a substantial body of work, from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium.
He came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst DJing at the first punk club ‘The Roxy’ in 1977, that Don adopted the punk D.I.Y ethic and began to make his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’. Shot on Super-8mm, featuring The Sex Pistols, The Clash and many others. This led to a period directing over 300 music videos for a diverse range of artists, including Bob Marley, The Clash and Elvis Costello.
From the days of Punk Rock to the present, he has always been drawn towards musical projects. He created the band Basement Five, released a single with members of John Lydon’s P.I.L, managed The Slits and collaborated with members of Trouble Funk.
His credits as a director include a variety of films and documentaries, including ‘Dancehall Queen’, ‘Westway To The World’ and ‘PUNK: Attitude’. Don will be interviewed by Joe Lindsay .