Film and Video After Punk: Rediscovering underground film

BFI Southbank will present This is Now: Film and Video After Punk this April featuring underground films from London’s post-punk era 1979-85. Presented with this, is an opportunity to rediscover innovative, often provocative and beautiful short films, in specially curated programmes with the added interest of an introduction from the film makers themselves including Grayson Perry, Don Letts, Holly Warburton and Ken Hollings.

The 1980’s saw the use of cheap and accessible film making, harnessing domestic technology such as VHS and Super8 and this season looks to rediscover areas of historical British experimental film that until now have remained relatively unseen. The showcase uses film, digitally re-mastered to the highest archival standards and the season will start on 4 April live performance by 23 Skidoo entitled Seven Songs featuring some of their classic underground tracks. This event will be set against a backdrop of the purpose-made video by Richard Heslop from 1981.

With sections of society that had not previously been at the forefront of the film making industry such as women, black and gay film-makers, the 1980s gave a platform for communication through mediums such as scratch films and the music video. This revolution of often risky and provocative films set in motion a change, the effects of which are still being felt today.

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1. Courtesy of the British Film Institute