With limitless energy and wit, Matt Hulse reconstructs this formative period in his life through participatory workshops with young people, themselves often somewhat bemused. He performs his own life from age 11 using archive material, family photographs and home movies, as well as newly created animation. Ruth, the sibling’s mum, was the inspiration for the band’s formation and became their manager. Their first gigs were staged to her assortment of acquaintances, which included homeless people, drunks and addicts, animal rights activists and, allegedly, a pair of gay Franciscan friars. If the rich soundtrack is a reminder of punk’s defiance of Thatcherite Britain, the film that emerges is part-social history, part-family biography, but most of all a celebration of the power of creative resistance that unites young people across the generations.
Helen de Witt
Runtime: 102 minutes
Closed captions and Audio description available
Screening with Happy Thuggish Paki.