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An eccentric excursion to the furthest fringes of youth culture and alternative lifestyles, as captured in archive film and TV.

In this companion to BFI Player's Beat Generations collection you'll encounter an eclectic array of eccentrics, outsiders, activists and all who dare to be different. Among the tribes and iconoclasts represented here you'll find mods, rockers, Ufologists, New Age travellers, artists, anarchists, free thinkers, punks, pagans, skinheads, rastas, reverends and ravers. Warning: Some films in this collection include explicit adult material, including frank scenes of nudity, sexual activity and drug taking.

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Good Strong Coffee
Good Strong Coffee
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Good Strong Coffee

Advert19682 minsSilent

Far-out guys and groovy gals drop doses of good strong coffee in this psychedelic 1968 ad for the hot black stuff.

Glastonbury Festival and the First Pyramid Stage
Glastonbury Festival and the First Pyramid Stage
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Glastonbury Festival and the First Pyramid Stage

News19725 mins Location: Glastonbury

Glastonbury ley lines for iconic pyramid stage to heighten a festival-goer’s experience

Punk In 60 Seconds
Punk In 60 Seconds
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Punk In 60 Seconds

Promotional20161 mins

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.

Burn Your Bra!
Burn Your Bra!
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Burn Your Bra!

News19682 mins Location: Truro

The Women’s Liberation movement’s burn your bra campaign hits Truro.

Discomania
Discomania
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Discomania

Drama197924 mins Location: London

Nerdy teenage mummy's boy David dreams of wowing the girls with his disco dance moves - but alas he was born with two left feet.

Dr Turner's Mental Home
Dr Turner's Mental Home
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Dr Turner's Mental Home

Amateur film19298 minsSilent Location: Ham Spray Ho

The wilder fringes of the Bloomsbury Group are exposed in this dark amateur film starring Dora Carrington.

Shellshock Rock
Shellshock Rock
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Shellshock Rock

197948 mins Location: Belfast

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

Hot Pants for Men?
Hot Pants for Men?
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Hot Pants for Men?

News19712 mins Location: Launceston

A leggy stroll around Launceston reveals the uptake of hotpants for men.

Rave
Rave
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Rave

Documentary199712 mins

Partying like it's 1997. We follow a rave DJ instigator rigging up decks in abandoned warehouses, a nosebleed 'techno tourist' who chases the hardcore around Europe and a girl addicted to... partying.

Long-Haired Layabouts
Long-Haired Layabouts
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Long-Haired Layabouts

News19644 mins Location: Launceston

Long hair gives impression of laziness

Birmingham Teddy Boys
Birmingham Teddy Boys
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Birmingham Teddy Boys

News19736 mins Location: Yardley

As their club bites the dust are the Teddy Boys of Birmingham finding their creepers out of step with the more popular platform shoe?

Ton-up Boys
Ton-up Boys
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Ton-up Boys

News19628 mins Location: Plymouth

Rockabilly racers rev up to do the illegal ton on the road.

The Ton-up Boys at Plymouth Speedway
The Ton-up Boys at Plymouth Speedway
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The Ton-up Boys at Plymouth Speedway

News19627 mins Location: Plymouth

Plymouth Speedway opens its track to the ton-up boys.

The Moon Rally
The Moon Rally
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The Moon Rally

Amateur film197925 mins Location: Matley

Come along to the Moon Rally - a weekend of bikes and bikers; riding, talking, drinking and dancing.

The Innocents
The Innocents
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The Innocents

Amateur film19622 minsSilent Location: Danson Park

An icon of Mod youth culture in the 1950s, the Lambretta scooter is on display as the Bromley club show off their skills.

British Graffiti
British Graffiti
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British Graffiti

Documentary19927 mins

Rockabilly passionates talk about their lifestyle and how they would prefer to live in the 1950s.

The Jah People
The Jah People
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The Jah People

Documentary198122 mins Location: Handsworth

Followers of the Rastafari way of life bring tales of Haile Selassie, Jah and Zion to the streets of inner-city Birmingham.

Barsham Faire
Barsham Faire
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Barsham Faire

Amateur film19746 minsSilent Location: Barsham Hill

In the 70s, Barsham Faire on August Bank Holiday became a tradition for many to celebrate things 'medieval' and raise funds for local arts events. It put Barsham on the map.

Dance Festival
Dance Festival
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Dance Festival

Non-Fiction196921 minsSilent Location: Camden Town

Join distracted onlookers at a protest “be-in” at Camden’s Roundhouse –alongside portraits of Lenin and a giant inflatable phallus.

Can I Have a Dragon Please?
Can I Have a Dragon Please?
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Can I Have a Dragon Please?

Documentary198311 mins

Perusing body embellishment in the early eighties, tattoo fans talk about their enthusiasm for staining skin long before it dominated Dalston.

Travelling for a Living
Travelling for a Living
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Travelling for a Living

Performance196645 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull

This "musical profile of the Watersons" is a precious document of the British folk revival, much of it shot in their hometown, Hull.

Grove Carnival
Grove Carnival
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Grove Carnival

Documentary198118 mins Location: Notting Hill

West London echoes to the sound of reggae and steel pans in this kaleidoscopic record of the 1980 Notting Hill Carnival.

Berdh Gorsedh Kernow and Map Dyvroeth
Berdh Gorsedh Kernow and Map Dyvroeth
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Berdh Gorsedh Kernow and Map Dyvroeth

News19632 mins Location: Newquay

Deputy Grand Bard of the Gorsedd explains all

The Pixies of Ottery St Mary
The Pixies of Ottery St Mary
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The Pixies of Ottery St Mary

News19631 mins Location: Ottery St Mary

Pixies pop up everywhere before being banished once again from the town.

Berdh Gorsedh Kernow and the New Grand Bard
Berdh Gorsedh Kernow and the New Grand Bard
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Berdh Gorsedh Kernow and the New Grand Bard

News19671 mins Location: Kea

The Grand Bard presides over the sky blue pageant

Early Gorsedh Procession
Early Gorsedh Procession
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Early Gorsedh Procession

Non-Fiction19301 mins Location: Cornwall

An Early Meeting of the Bards of Cornwall

Gorsedh Procession through St Just
Gorsedh Procession through St Just
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Gorsedh Procession through St Just

News19681 mins Location: St Just

Bards bestow honour on Barbara Hepworth

Ancient Beltane Festival at Glastonbury Tor
Ancient Beltane Festival at Glastonbury Tor
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Ancient Beltane Festival at Glastonbury Tor

News19661 mins Location: Glastonbury Tor

Rite of spring is celebrated to signify renewal

Citizens Banned
Citizens Banned
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Citizens Banned

Amateur film198112 minsSilent Location: Chelsea

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

Squatparty
Squatparty
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Squatparty

Documentary198117 mins Location: Putney

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

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

Amateur film197815 minsSilent Location: Chelsea

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

We're No Angels
We're No Angels
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We're No Angels

Amateur film197916 minsSilent Location: Camden Town

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

Death Is Their Destiny
Death Is Their Destiny
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Death Is Their Destiny

Amateur film197813 mins Location: London

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

The Punk Kebab Documentary
The Punk Kebab Documentary
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The Punk Kebab Documentary

Drama197713 mins Location: Buckingham Palace

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

A Beautiful Way To Live
A Beautiful Way To Live
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A Beautiful Way To Live

Factual TV197125 mins Location: Downham Market

Novelist Cressida Lindsay and Commune Movement pioneer Sarah Eno feature in this Anglia TV documentary about life in a commune.

The Aetherius Society at Holdstone Down
The Aetherius Society at Holdstone Down
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The Aetherius Society at Holdstone Down

News19635 mins Location: Holdstone Down

Aetherius people join together to help the planet at Holy Mountain

Flower Power Interview
Flower Power Interview
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Flower Power Interview

News19672 mins Location: Cheltenham

Psychedelic freakouts in Cheltenham?

Nudists Stay Near Norwich
Nudists Stay Near Norwich
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Nudists Stay Near Norwich

News19803 mins Location: Norwich

Where will The Mayor hang his chain?! The Sunlanders, a British naturist group, are staying at a camp near Norwich, Norfolk in 1980.

Iroquois Rain Dance
Iroquois Rain Dance
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Iroquois Rain Dance

News19844 mins Location: Burrator Reservoir

Iroquois Earth Songs connect businessman to nature

Tribe of the Sun
Tribe of the Sun
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Tribe of the Sun

Documentary197224 mins

The ill-fated dreams of Sid Rawls’ band of ‘ultra hippies’ attempting a self-sufficient communal life on John Lennon’s ‘Beatle Island’.

First Purpose-built Traveller's Site in Britain
First Purpose-built Traveller's Site in Britain
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First Purpose-built Traveller's Site in Britain

News19752 mins Location: Wisbech

Does staying on a permanent site interfere with travellers' traditions? Travellers who live in caravans on a site in Wisbech speak to Anglia TV

Truro Carnival Week
Truro Carnival Week
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Truro Carnival Week

News19324 mins Location: Truro

Trurorians enjoy street carnival celebrations

Haytor Love-in
Haytor Love-in
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Haytor Love-in

News19671 mins Location: Haytor Rocks

Hippies gather in Flower Power Love-in on Dartmoor’s Haytor

A Beatnik Community in St Agnes
A Beatnik Community in St Agnes
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A Beatnik Community in St Agnes

News196912 mins Location: St Agnes

A Beatnik community sets up in St Agnes against local wishes

The Sidmouth Folk Festival
The Sidmouth Folk Festival
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The Sidmouth Folk Festival

News19707 mins Location: Sidmouth

International folk bands and troupes put on an act at Sidmouth

Frank at 'Cities in the Park'
Frank at 'Cities in the Park'
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Frank at 'Cities in the Park'

Amateur film19914 minsSilent Location: Heaton Park

Sunday in the park with Frank Sidebottom and the Manchester music mob.

Spliffs, Joints and Pot
Spliffs, Joints and Pot
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Spliffs, Joints and Pot

196531 mins Location: London

A beat musician shoots up on camera in this straight-talking 1965 film about recreational drug use.

Rag Week in Plymouth
Rag Week in Plymouth
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Rag Week in Plymouth

News19622 mins Location: Plymouth

Student ragging acts increase funds for charities

The Privileged? The Pawns
The Privileged? The Pawns
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The Privileged? The Pawns

News196820 mins Location: Exeter

What was it like for you? Exeter University Students reveal all.

The Privileged? The Loose Change
The Privileged? The Loose Change
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The Privileged? The Loose Change

News196813 mins Location: Exeter

Loose change at the University of Exeter ensures growth and investment.

Gwennap Pit Wedding
Gwennap Pit Wedding
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Gwennap Pit Wedding

News19651 mins Location: Gwennap Pit

Kynsa demmedhyans ena Gwennap Pit

Honeymoon Hotel
Honeymoon Hotel
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Honeymoon Hotel

News19627 mins Location: Torquay

Honeymooning in Torquay is a communal affair.

Manchester Spiritualists Procession (1901)
Manchester Spiritualists Procession (1901)
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Manchester Spiritualists Procession (1901)

Non-Fiction19017 minsSilent Location: Manchester

Exponents of Britain's newest religion don their Sunday best for a parade through Edwardian Manchester.

Knights Electric
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Knights Electric

Music video198024 mins Location: Great Yarmouth

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

Aldermaston
Aldermaston
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Aldermaston

Amateur film196225 minsSilent Location: Aldermaston

A fascinating record of the 1962 Aldermaston March featuring Canon John Collins, Michael Foot and thousands of marchers of all ages.

Jayne Mansfield in Male Call
Jayne Mansfield in Male Call
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Jayne Mansfield in Male Call

News19674 mins Location: Loxton

Jayne Mansfield turns it on for the camera at the Webbington Country Club.

Knebworth Pop Festival
Knebworth Pop Festival
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Knebworth Pop Festival

News19765 mins Location: Knebworth Ho

Free food' and 'free religion' is the mantra of some festival goers ahead of the Rolling Stones' appearance at Knebworth. And for the local publican, it's big business!

The Square
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The Square

Drama195716 mins Location: Westminster

An old man looks back wistfully over his years spent living in a King's Cross square, and enjoys a surprise skiffle party organised by neighbours.

The Destructors
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The Destructors

Documentary198312 mins Location: Brixton

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

Pop Group Settle for Commune in the Country
Pop Group Settle for Commune in the Country
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Pop Group Settle for Commune in the Country

News19738 mins Location: Wortham

70's psych pop group, Global Village Trucking Company, have opted out of the rat race and now live in a commune in Norfolk. Anglia reports, 1973.

Mods & Rockers
Mods & Rockers
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Mods & Rockers

Performance196527 mins Location: Twickenham

A mop-topped Mick Fleetwood bashes the drums and steals the show in this bizarre 1960s beat ballet music film.

Cheltenham Mods and Rockers
Cheltenham Mods and Rockers
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Cheltenham Mods and Rockers

Non-Fiction196510 mins Location: Cheltenham

Is Cheltenham really "a place to pass the time before you pass out?" Is a lack of facilities causing tensions between mods and rockers who should be out enjoying the countryside?

Skateboarding Demonstration
Skateboarding Demonstration
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Skateboarding Demonstration

News19773 mins Location: Belfast

Watch the tricks, heed the tips, skate like a pro

Billy Graham in Ulster
Billy Graham in Ulster
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Billy Graham in Ulster

Documentary197241 mins Location: Belfast

Will you join this charismatic evangelist's spiritual revolution?

Self-Conscious Over You
Self-Conscious Over You
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Self-Conscious Over You

Documentary198040 mins Location: Belfast

Witness The Outcasts at their incendiary best in this thrilling concert film

Teena and Simon
Teena and Simon
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Teena and Simon

Documentary199016 mins

An intimate documentary portrait of a London couple, who candidly reveal the pleasures and pains of body piercing. Teena and Simon  are a contemporary couple united in mind, body and spirit.

Peeling Off
Peeling Off
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Peeling Off

Documentary199012 mins

Revealing doc about male stripper, Max McLure. Max earns his living performing strip-o-grams, working freelance either through his own company, Maxgrams, or through a 'gram agency'.

The Option
The Option
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The Option

Documentary196518 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry

Terence McDonald throws some light on the nature, need and direction the priesthood is taking in Northern Ireland during the sixties.

The Bardney Pop Festival
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The Bardney Pop Festival

News197222 mins

Fly your freak flag high with this far-out film shot at the Great Western Express Festival in muddy May 1972.

Rolanda Polonsky, Sculptor
Rolanda Polonsky, Sculptor
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Rolanda Polonsky, Sculptor

Documentary197110 mins

Enter the imaginative world of acclaimed sculptor Rolanda Polonsky, a resident of Netherne Psychiatric Hospital, Surrey.

Good-Time Girl
Good-Time Girl
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Good-Time Girl

Drama194792 mins Location: Islington

Find out what happens when a good girl goes bad in this controversial post-war Brit noir thriller starring Jean Kent.

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