Vive Le Punk (Roger K Burton, 1993); We Are the Lambeth Boys (Reisz, 1959) PLUS
Dressing For Pleasure (Samson, 1977) at The Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, 7.30pm
Here's the Horse Hospital's introduction to tonight's offerings:
1 Vive Le punk: Another chance to see this fascinating documentary of The Chamber of Pop
Culture’s very first exhibition in 1993. The documentary features
Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren talking in depth about their
designs and is a valuable insight into how they broke all the rules of
convention and inspired a generation. To the best of our knowledge this
is the only time that they have been filmed together discussing their
legacy. Here is an extract.
2 We Are The Lambeth Boys: The film takes a sympathetic approach to an aspect of working-class
life largely neglected by commercial British cinema. Lambeth Boys
attempts to deliver a positive portrait of the lives of ordinary
teenagers, far from the usual violent ‘Teddy Boy’ stereotype. It is a
naturalistic depiction of the members of a South London boys’ club,
which was unusual in showing the leisure life of working-class teenagers
as it was, with skiffle music and cigarettes, cricket, drawing and
discussion groups. Lambeth Boys was shot over six weeks in the summer of 1958 in and
around the Alford House, a youth club in the Oval area of South London.
It follows a group of teenagers giving them space to express their
frustrations and aspirations. Here is an extract.
3 Dressing For Pleasure: Here the subject of fetishism in clothing – rubber, latex, leather – is
explored. Features SEX, the boutique run by Malcolm McLaren (manager of
the Sex Pistols at the time) and Vivienne Westwood on the Kings Road,
London. Central to the film is a magnificent studio set constructed
mainly by Samson himself in the shape of the fetish magazine Atomage
with actual turning pages and photographs which come to life. The film
was banned at the time by London Weekend Television and has become one
of those rare films more quoted than seen. Here is an extract.