Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 39: Fri Feb 8

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.

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