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Squatparty 1981


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Squatparty 1981

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Phil Munnoch

Female punks have a good time talking, smoking and getting drunk with their friends in this sparky, spontaneous short film. Revealing their everyday lives, it also features fascinating footage of punks hanging out on the London streets.

Elvis Costello and The Clash provide evocative audio for this splendid slice of no-frills documentary, with sequences shot at London punk epicentres Portobello Road and King's Road.

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