WAR OF WORDS

BATTLE RAP IN THE UK

By Craig TUOHY, Tom WORTH

GIZMO FILMS - as PROD / FIN

Documentary - Completed 2015

War of Words is a witty, energizing and inspiring feature length documentary that lifts the lid on the fast growing UK battle rap scene.

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Raindance 2016
World Premiere
Rotterdam IFFR 2016
International Premiere
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 60 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Craig TUOHY, Tom WORTH
    • Producer(s)
    • Charlotte ARDEN (Gizmo Films), Craig TUOHY (Ascension Productions), Tom WORTH (Ascension Productions), Peter DUNPHY (Gizmo Films), Lee KEMP (Vermillion Films )
    • Synopsis
    • WAR OF WORDS is an energising, controversial and inspiring feature documentary that lifts the lid on the fast growing UK battle rap scene.

      The film is an entertaining expose on how the UK has embraced an American art form and made it uniquely British, creating the most exciting youth subculture around today. We explore an exciting subculture of youth in the UK today; their creativity and work ethic, their passion for language and ability to control their own destiny.

      While the language is often harsh and unflinching, the ‘anything goes’ philosophy of the battle arena results in one of the most harmonious and creative scenes in youth culture. Part sport, part theatre, battle rap is a unique soapbox for eloquent, deep thinking souls to share their creativity and worldview. The film reveals the history and evolution of this unique subculture of Hip hop: charting it from its origins in playgrounds and parks, through to nightclubs and competitions. From its beginnings as a battle of quick-thinking freestyle wit, through to its current incarnation as a form of well-rehearsed poetry and theatre.

      Over the past two years, director's Craig Tuohy and Tom Worth have been delving deep into the world of battle rapping, filming the major people involved with the UK Battle rapping scene; the founders, organisers and biggest battlers of the hugely popular UK Don’t Flop and Jump Off leagues. The film uncovers behind the scenes footage, clips from some of the best ever battles, and interviews with the top battle rappers from all over the UK including; poet Mark Grist whose battle rap with Blizzard has had over 4.5 million hits on YouTube and how our journey began.

      Included are interviews and footage from international superstars; Ice T, Chuck D, Scroobius Pip, Wu-Tang Clan, Professor Green and Doc Brown.
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