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Harder Than The Rock

  • Mark Warmington, Director/Producer
  • James Baxter, Producer
  • Jeremiah Cullinane, Producer

Reggae musician sits before a lush green forest.

About the Project

Britain’s first reggae band, Cimarons, was formed by teenage Jamaican immigrants, in a London bus shelter in 1967.

Reggae exploded in the 1970s, with Cimarons at its heart. Thousands of miles from Jamaica, they brought excitement, experimentation and sheer anticipation booming from speaker boxes, putting the new generation of Black British youth in touch with their roots - in contact with who they really were.

Industry legends, Cimarons worked with reggae-royalty Bob Marley, Toots & the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and even Paul McCartney, but have been hugely under-recognised when it comes to their own music, impact and legacy.

Having lost drummer Maurice Ellis to cancer, the band persists, despite decades of exploitation. Harder Than The Rock tells the story of their amazing history and follows the band’s final chapter as they dream of performing in front of live audiences again, one last time…