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Punk’s mad parade burnt bright and quick, feeding on the public’s limitless love of disgust. Works from Julien Temple and Captain Zip immerse you in the movement, with music from The Undertones and more.

See some history, presented here as part of the BFI's participation in Punk.London celebrations.

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Punk
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Sid and Nancy
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Sid and Nancy 1986 18

A raw and unnerving depiction of the short, incendiary life and times of Sex Pistols punk rockstar Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

113 mins United Kingdom Director. Alex Cox

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The Destructors 1983

Punk rebellion and anarchy with Peterborough-based punk band The Destructors, six years after their formation.

United Kingdom

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Punk In 60 Seconds 2016

Anarchy in the UK… This rare footage presents a short blast of the punk energy that took over the streets of Britain in the late 1970s.

United Kingdom

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Jubilee 1977 18

The mythological past and a soon-to-be bleak future converge on the sparse, grey streets of London in Jarman’s personal vision of the punk movement.

106 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

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We Are the Best! 2013 15

A raucous coming-of-age comedy about three schoolgirls who form a punk band in 1982 Stockholm, from director Lukas Moodysson (Show Me Love).

Sweden Director. Lukas Moodysson

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Straight to Hell

Straight to Hell 1987 15

Alex Cox’s anarchic homage to the spaghetti western, with arguably cinema’s wildest cast: Dennis Hopper, Joe Strummer, Courtney Love, Grace Jones and Shane MacGowan.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Alex Cox

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Citizens Banned
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Citizens Banned 1981

Punks find their turf invaded by New Romantics in the final part of Captain Zip's seminal Video Trip.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Phil Munnoch

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Punk Can Take It
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Punk Can Take It 1979

This power-packed promotional film for the UK Subs also showcases the distinctive talents of unconventional writer and director Julien Temple.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Julien Temple

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We're No Angels
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We're No Angels 1979 Not Rated

The punks go shopping in this evocatively dingy entry in Captain Zip's seminal Video Trip.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Control 2007 15

The life story of Ian Curtis, the tortured singer of Joy Division who suffered epilepsy and crippling self-doubt, filmed in stunning monochrome.

122 mins United Kingdom Director. Anton Corbijn

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Don't Dream It - See It
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Don't Dream It - See It 1978

The Kings Road punks go on a day trip - to 10 Downing Street! - in this edition of Captain Zip's Video Trip.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Phil Munnoch

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Shellshock Rock 1979

The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers play live in this vivid music doc capturing all the vibrancy of the 1970s Northern Irish punk scene.

47 mins Northern Ireland Director. John T. Davis

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Squatparty
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Squatparty 1981

Female punks have fun boozing, smoking and talking in this fascinating film by London lifestyle chronicler Captain Zip.

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Phil Munnoch

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Death Is Their Destiny
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Death Is Their Destiny 1978

Fascinating amateur footage of London punks, and a glimpse of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, filmed on the King's Road in 1978.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Phil Munnoch

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The Punk Kebab Documentary
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The Punk Kebab Documentary 1977

Subverted and amusing piece about the history of kebabs, infused with a punk flavour.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Green Room 2015 18

A punk band becomes besieged in the backstage hideaway of a hideous neo-Nazi club, in this gloriously tense shocker from the director of Blue Ruin.

95 mins USA Director. Jeremy Saulnier

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Guerillere Talks 1978

Six film portraits of women associated with the punk music scene in 1970s New York.

28 mins USA Director. Vivienne Dick

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Knights Electric 1980

Four rowdy teen punks tussle with the girls they fancy in this energetic pop music film shot on the seafront at Great Yarmouth.

24 mins United Kingdom Director. Barney Broom

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