Archive for the ‘Documentaries’ Category

Chumbawamba - The One Show - September 2017 - interview

Former Chumbawamba members Boff Whalley, Jude Abbott and Dunstan Bruce appear in a film segment on the 1 September edition of BBC One’s The One Show discussing the twentieth anniversary of the release of the Tubthumping hit single. The interviews were recorded back in June.

In the UK, the episode can be streamed and downloaded from the BBC iPlayer until 1 October 2017. The Tubthumping segment begins at 23mins 40secs into the programme.

The anniversary of the release has also been covered in online magazine features including: Junkee’s The Secret Anarchist Punk History Of Chumbawamba’s Hit Song Tubthumping (10 August); AV Music’s Chumbawamba on the unlikely, anarchic legacy of Tubthumping 20 years later (11 August); and Stereogum’s Tubthumping Turns 20 (1 September).

Chumbawamba - The One Show - September 2017 - archive

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A recent trip to Belfast has reminded me of this fantastic short(ish) film about Belfast’s legendary A Centre, produced by Dave Hyndman, which deserves the widest circulation and audience possible.

The A Centre or the Lost Tribe of Long Lane

November 1981: the A Centre was established as an alternative cultural space in Belfast city centre and ran on Saturday afternoons. Organised by the Belfast Anarchist Collective the centre soon became a magnet for young people and punks in particular. On loan from Belfast’s gay community, the Carpenter Club in Long Lane was transformed into a den of delight and subversion by exhibitions of numerous agitprop posters of the day. This was an experiment in mixed media: banned or controversial films, new wave music and punk bands, performance poets and artists, alternative books and comics, and a wholefood cafe being the weekly staple diet. The ever watchful RUC were continually perplexed at such a mixed gathering. This film is a record of just one of those Saturdays. Music featured from many of those bands who played at the Centre includes Stalag 17, The Defects, Xdreamists, Rudi, Spider, Rufrex, Dogmatic Element, The Outcasts, Just Destiny, Ten Past Seven.

Film produced by Dave Hyndman

You can find out more about punk in Northern Ireland from Spit Records including the publication on the definitive guide to Punk in Northern Ireland. Browse through over 100 photos from the A Centre on the Spit Records A Centre page.

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A group of film students at Falmouth University are looking to crowdsource the funding for a documentary exploring the history and legacy of “anarcho-punk within the southwest of England” and, specifically, the work of The Mob.

It depends on how much you know, but it is quite fair to say, that although the anarcho punk scene was not the most commercially pleasing, it definitely meant most “business” of anyone of its counterpart punk waves! The standard conversation is about bands like Crass, Conflict, Poison Girls, Rubella Ballet, Flux of Pink Indians, Rudimentary Peni, Dirt, Omega Tribe! (this is not only a quick grouping, but a loose one) but what I want to consider is the idea of anarcho-punk within the southwest of England!! How the politics of rural England perhaps influenced young minds differently to the urban perspective.

The other aim is to explore the idea of youth politics, how have the old school bands kept to or or changed their politics! And how does it influence their lives three decades on.

We have been in talks with Mark Wilson of The Mob and members of Virus! More TBC

You can find out more and leave a donation, or fund a reward, on the Old Life, Our World Crowdfunder site. The pitch stays open until the morning of 20 December 2016, when all pledges will be taken to fund the project.

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All eight episodes of the Dutch punk-anarchist documentary series Neon (1979-1908) have been archived online as part of the Internet Archive ‘Community Video’ collection. Episode eight features some remarkable (if brief) on-camera interviews with Steve Ignorant (Crass), Vi Subversa (Poison Girls) and equally brief peformance footage from Crass, Poison Girls and Annie Anxiety (as well as some live footage of The Slits). The series is available for streaming and download under a CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Creative Commons licence.

[The existence of the Neon video archive was posted on Facebook by Opiate Brighton]

Steve Ignorant, Vi Subversa (Neon, episode 8)

Steve Ignorant, Vi Subversa (Neon, episode 8)

Crass (Neon, episode 8)

Crass (Neon, episode 8)

Poison Girls (Neon, episode 8)

Poison Girls (Neon, episode 8)

Annie Anxiety (Neon, episode 8)

Annie Anxiety (Neon, episode 8)

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Carrying out some more research on the history of the Stop the City demonstrations, I’ve come across two brief video news reports from Thames news (uploaded from the Thames TV archive) from the third (and so-called ‘secret’) Stop the City, held on 31 May 1984.

The first is a very brief (27s) compilation of raw footage from the day (from which the news editors would have selected content).

The second is a brief (1m09s) edited report prepared for transmission (during the local London news slot that evening), complete with editorial commentary (and featuring a few seconds of footage from the second Stop the City held on 29 March 1984).


The police made hundreds of arrests at the third Stop the City in an attempt to smother the demonstration. Note that even the Thames TV crew gets threatened with being nicked.

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Bullshit Detector (unmastered short-form assembly edit) from Imperfect Cinema on Vimeo.

By Dan Paolantonio & Allister Gall: Unmastered rough-cut short form version of the Bullshit Detector! feature documentary.

Bullshit Detector – A collaborative documentary which examines the cultural significance and legacy of the legendary Crass Records compilation album releases (1980-1984) and which explores synergies between these and the Imperfect Cinema project.

The directors of the Bullshit Detector documentary have released their first ‘short-form assembly’ of the film, in the hope of demonstrating the worth of the project and encouraging others who featured on the compilation trilogy to share their recollections and thoughts on what it mean to be part of these albums’ soundtrack.

To encourage that participation, the filmmakers have:

set up our own Vimeo account (this one) which will allow anyone to simply upload video footage for the project to a centralised online location so that this can be incorporated into the documentary. We are hoping that people who contributed to the original Bullshit Detector compilations and those with an interest in these will record their own video footage for the project (recollections, observations, reflections, etc) and then upload these to our Vimeo site for inclusion! As with the original BSD releases, production values are not criteria for either inclusion in or exclusion from this project; in fact is doesn’t matter if you shoot footage on a webcam, mobile phone, or an HD camera, it is the content that is all-important! So pick up a camera, or turn on your webcam, shoot and say whatever you want and make your contribution to this unique project!

For a hands-on guide on how to convert and upload video footage to our Vimeo site please visit our website at the following URL:


If you’d like to join our Facebook page for this project please visit the following URL:

For more info on this project or if you would like any advice or guidance on how to contribute, shoot, structure, convert or upload your footage please contact danpaolantonio@yahoo.co.uk or iamgall@yahoo.com

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