“When I was a kid, in my neighborhood in Salerno there wasn’t a single record store. The only way to buy music was to go to Peppe, who sold “Mixed By Erry” cassettes at his stand on the street, for five thousand liras. […] After that, the world changed. I went to high school, CDs came out, then Napster, Mp3s, Walkman – all replaced by the iPod; I moved to Rome to become a film director and listened to music that was streamed. […] One day, while reminiscing about this with my screenwriter friend Armando Festa, we decided to investigate further and go meet the great DJ Erry. […] What we found out was that there was an amazing story behind those cassettes, an epic yet very personal tale that touched on all the main historical events in one extraordinary decade for the city of Naples.” (Sydney Sibilia)
Sydney Sibilia is a producer, director, and screenwriter born in Salerno. He got his start making numerous short films, including the multi-award-winning Oggi gira così (2010). In 2014, he and Matteo Rovere co-founded the production company Groenlandia, and that year Sibilia directed his first feature, Smetto quando voglio. It made the rounds of the international festivals (such as BFI – London Film Festival e il RIFF – Reykjavík International Film Festival), acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, and won several awards. Three years later, two sequels followed, Smetto quando voglio – Masterclass and Smetto quando voglio – Ad honorem. Sibilia was also doing ad campaigns for brands like Wind and Fiat at the same time. His next film, in 2020, was L’incredibile storia dell’Isola delle Rose, the first Netflix Original in Europe.