The Man from Mo'Wax (2018)

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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 (12) | Top Critics (2)

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

Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5

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
Variety
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The Man from Mo'Wax tells the tale of a destructive genius and the collateral damage left in his wake.

Oct 30, 2018

It's fascinating viewing for anyone who wants to try to figure out how someone who 'had it all' could have let it all go so horribly wrong.

Oct 1, 2018

Certainly a fascinating watch and never anything but engaging - but you're left feeling that this is far from the full story of James Lavelle, and instead it's maybe more put together to tell a cinematic narrative.

Sep 17, 2018 | Rating: 7/10

This is scorched earth documentary filmmaking, all justified by the fact that Jones does eventually manage to justify why Lavelle is some kind of a genius.

Sep 1, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5

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