The Man from Mo'Wax

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James Lavelle played his first DJ set at 14, launched pioneering record label Mo'Wax at 18 and released the genre defining UNKLE album Psyence Fiction at 22. His phenomenally rapid rise seemed limitless, but it's only when you're going so fast that the wheels fall off. The Man from Mo'Wax tells the remarkable story of one of the most enigmatic yet influential figures in contemporary British culture. Unearthed from over 700 hours of footage including exclusive personal archive spanning three decades, we get the rare opportunity to watch a boy become a man in the world of music. The result is an exhilarating, no holds-barred ride into the life of an extraordinary man and an equally extraordinary era, taking in some decidedly flawed decision-making (both personal and professional), Lavelle emerges as an innovative artist who thinks big and consistently overcomes adversity.

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Critic Reviews for The Man from Mo'Wax

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

  • A warts-and-all tales of hubris and heavyweight beats.

    Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Jones struck gold when both Lavelle and DJ Shadow opened their personal video vaults to him, and even if he does rely on a number of talking-head interviews, the film feels largely primary-source.

    Sep 1, 2018 | Full Review…

    Andrew Barker

    Top Critic
  • A bigger question goes unanswered: was trip-hop really that important? Looking back, it seems rather joyless and po-faced.

    Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • The problem is that Lavelle is unreflective about his journey to failure.

    Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

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  • One for the Mo'Wax purists. For the uninitiated, this can be hard to sit through.

    Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • While The Man from Mo' Wax follows a conventional doc structure as it charts its subject's rise, fall and last-act resurgence, Jones finds more inventive ways of framing Lavelle's saga.

    Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…

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