In this episode of Hornpod Film Club, we review the 2019 documentary, Shella Record: A Reggae Mystery. Directed by Chris Flanagan, the film tracks his decade of searching for the soulful siren featured on a 10-cent record he bought in a thrift store, credited only with the name Shella Record.
His journey takes him from record shops in Toronto to the legendary recording studios of Jamaica, where he discusses the history of Jamaica’s music with some of reggae’s greatest hitmakers. Along the way, Chris’s own artistic practice of carefully crafted miniatures helps to tell a playful story of obsession, the power of music, and final redemption.
Tune in to our discussion with special guests and hear the tale of Shella Record: A Reggae Mystery, plus Ska Canon.