Shella Record – A Reggae Mystery


TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 Mon, Apr 29, 2019 9:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 4 Wed, May 1, 2019 12:45 PM
OC, Live captioned Q&A
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Fri, May 3, 2019 3:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Jamaican Patois
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Black Cultures & Issues
Music & Musicians
Mystery & Intrigue
Popular Culture
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Chris Flanagan
Producer(s):Chris Flanagan
Executive Producer(s):Matthew Bate
Herbie Miller
Editor(s):Sonia Godding Togobo
Cinematography:Graeme Mathieson
Sound:Lucas Prokaziuk


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For 10 years, artist and record fanatic Chris Flanagan has been a man obsessed, haunted by the woman's voice featured on a 10-cent record he bought in a thrift store. Who is this soulful siren, calling to him from another time and place, credited only with the name Shella Record? Determined to find the elusive artist, Chris sets off on a quest that leads him from a hairdressing studio in Toronto, to a fortune teller in L.A., to the legendary recording studios of Jamaica. Along the way, he discusses the history of Jamaica's music with some of reggae's greatest hitmakers, including Bunny "Striker" Lee and Earl "Chinna" Smith. The film uses Chris's own artistic practice of carefully crafted miniatures to help tell a playful story of obsession, the power of music and final redemption. Aisha Jamal

Co-presented with Small World Music Society.

Canadian Spectrum program sponsored by TVO.

Additional Information

  • NOW - 3 Stars, "Enthusiastic doc."
  • POV - "Unraveling a Reggae Mystery"