Turn It Loose
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Sixteen of the world’s best b-boys battle one on one in a disused power station in the heart of Soweto, South Africa, to determine who will be the next world champion. Through the eyes of six competitors we leave behind any preconceived notions of what breakdance used to represent and, as the film digs deep, we discover an extraordinary form of non-contact combat that has evolved over 30 years to become a truly global 21st century phenomenon. From backstage at the Red Bull BC ONE in Soweto, to the backstreets of Senegal, Japan, Algeria, America, France and Brazil, the film combines human drama with the visual intensity of the dance, revealing the passion, sweat and artistry needed to compete at the highest levels. 16 dancers battle it out. Only one will win. Six languages. Six incredible b-boys from all corners of the globe. An inspired 25-second timeslice shot live at the competition. This is a dance film like no other. Global. Musical. Soulful. Born in London in the late 70's, Alastair Siddons realised he wanted to make films at an early age. Soon after winning a place at the prestigious SOAS at the University of London, he gave up a promising academic career to pursue his first love. He acquired a job at the prestigious documentary company, October Films, where he began to learn his craft working on critically acclaimed observational documentaries. By 2004, Alastair had moved on to directing, taking up an offer to direct music videos for bands like The Streets, Roots Manuva, Kano and The Mystery Jets. Turn it Loose is his first feature film.