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Mo’Wax film and party rewind to the 90s

The premiere of a documentary about James Lavelle, founder of the influential record label Mo’Wax, has its NZ premiere in Miramar on Saturday – with an after-party featuring local DJs whose tastes it helped inform.

Just days after The Man from Mo’Wax has its worldwide premiere in London, the film about the DJ, producer and musician instrumental in the birth of trip-hop and alternative turntablism will have one exclusive screening at The Roxy Cinema.

James Lavelle in 2014. Photo by Victor Frankowski for Southbank Centre

The documentary tells the remarkable story of James Lavelle, who built up Mo’Wax in his late teens, was a millionaire by the age of 21, and became one of the most influential musical figures in contemporary British club culture.

He founded the label in the early 1990s, and its catalogue of artists including DJ Shadow, UNKLE, Money Mark, Air, Dr Otagon and DJ Krush, produced some of the most outstanding music of the era, which still resonates with audiences today.

Lavelle’s way with aesthetics also revitalised record packaging and artwork, with the help of artists like Swifty and Futura 2000.

Director Matthew Jones has sifted through 700 hours of archive footage spanning three decades, including exclusive access to the largely unseen personal video libraries of Lavelle and DJ Shadow, to show how a boy became a man in the world of music, and how a phenomenally rapid rise was followed by the inevitable fall. A tall poppy story that will resonate with New Zealanders…

Helping tell the story are the likes of DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, 3D of Massive Attack, Futura, Ian Brown, Grandmaster Flash and Josh Homme.

Doors open at 7:00pm for the screening of The Man from Mo’Wax at 8:00pm, which will be followed by an after-party from 10:00pm in the movie theatre.

On the decks will be legendary local talents who were starting to make names for themselves on this side of the world while Mo’Wax ruled in Europe: DJs B-low, Marek, Vee and Cian – all of whom were inspired by the sounds that Lavelle enabled.

The early bird tickets for the screening and after-party have sold out, but there are still final release tickets available, plus VIP tickets for the Hallertau Private Screening Room with Bar that include a limited edition gift pack to take away.