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This is Now: Film and Video After Punk

This is Now: Film and Video After Punk Opening Night

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Friday 8/12
7:00 pm
$9 General Public
$7 Student & Seniors
FREE IHP Members & Residents

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This is the opening night and U.S. premiere of This is Now: Film and Video After Punk, a major touring program from the British Film Institute that features digitally remastered underground films and music videos from the post-punk era in the United Kingdom (1979–1985). This evening we will present two programs of films and videos.

Program One - Performing the Self: 
New ways of thinking about identity, the self and the body were all part of punk’s powerful legacy. This unlikely cocktail of visionary experimental films and bright, brash pop videos shows how visual culture changed radically at the start of the 1980s. Genre boundaries became blurred and the use of masks and make-up challenged the conventions of identity construction and representation – often to the sound of a catchy electronic melody. This program includes the following films:

Still Life With Phrenology Head

Dir. Cerith Wyn Evans, UK, 1979, video, 14 min.

Human League: Don’t You Want Me

Dir. Steve Barron, UK, 1981, video, 4 min.

Chat Rap

Dir. John Scarlett-Davis, UK, 1983, video, 15 min.

Adam Ant: Stand and Deliver

Dir. Mike Mansfield & Adam Ant, UK 1981, video 3 min.

Adam Ant: Prince Charming

Dir. Mike Mansfield & Adam Ant, UK 1981, video, 3 min.

The Modern Image

Dir. John Maybury, UK, 1978, video 13 min.


Dir. John Maybury, UK 1981, video 13 min.

Bungalow Depression

Dir. Grayson Perry & Jennifer Binnie, UK, 1981, video 4 min.

The Private View

Dir. The Neo-Naturists, UK, 1981, video, 7 min.

Followed by:

Program Two – Home Taping: The mainstream media was treated like a giant library to be plundered for provocative play and subversion in the early 1980s. Whether filming their TV screen with a Super 8 camera or deftly copying tape-to-tape, artists grabbed and juxtaposed disparate material to disrupt the dominant ideologies of the age and create new visual music. The program includes notable examples of the Scratch Video phenomenon.

The Attitude Assumed: Still Life With Still Born

Dir. Cerith Wyn Evans, UK, 1980, video, 19 min.

Skinheads and Roses

Dir. Jill Westwood, UK, 1983, video, 7 min.

Pop Dolphin

Jeffrey Hinton, UK, ca. 1983, video, 23 min.


Dir. George Barber, UK, 1984, video, 7 min.


Dir. George Barber, UK, 1983, video, 2 min.

Blue Monday

Dir. Duvet Brothers, UK, 1984, video, 4 min.

The Commander in Chief

Dir. Gorilla Tapes, UK, 1984, video 4 min.

Art of Noise: Legs

Dir. George Barber & George Snow, UK 1985, video, 4 min.

Passion Tryptych

Dir. Cordelia Swann, UK, 1982, video, 4 min.