Preview: Raindance Festival: Punk rock is a state of mind
Friday 23 September 2005
Letts' film explores the punk-rock phenomenon, with commentary by punk figures and experts including Jim Jarmusch, Siouxsie Sioux, Glen Matlock, Mick Jones and Tommy Ramone. Letts, a former member of Big Audio Dynamite, sees punk rock as an ongoing dynamic. "This is not a trip down memory lane, but the story of an attitude that we can look forward to if we are brave enough," he says. "It is about empowerment and individuality."
His documentary about The Clash - Westway to the World - won him a Grammy Award, and he has now spent a year making Punk: Attitude. He traces punk back to the American music of the 1950s, documents it through to its explosion on to the music scene in the 1970s and links it to anti-Establishment music, bands and youth culture of today. "When I was approached to make a punk-rock documentary, my instinct was, 'Oh no, not that again', because it seems that every few years we do a punk-rock revival," says Letts. "I thought about why this kept happening. I realised that what we were really talking about was counterculture that did not begin and end with punk rock. When I looked at the cultural climate as it is today, it seems as if punk rock never happened. This fired me up."
Other festival highlights include a 15-minute documentary on the life and music of Pete Doherty; Vanessa Redgrave introducing a special screening of her new film, The Fever; the biopic Billy Childish Is Dead; and Julian Gilbey's British gangster film Rollin' with the Nines. The festival opens with Jeff Feuerzeig's The Devil and Daniel Johnston, the winner of this year's Sundance Documentary Directing Award.
Wednesday to 9 October (www.raindance.co.uk/festival). Various cinemas, London
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Mario Balotelli: Staff at arson-hit Manchester Dogs' Home convinced Liverpool striker is behind five-figure donation
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 The response to my Pizza Express review has been overwhelming, and taught me a lot about journalism
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams cast in Channel 4 drama about cyber bullying
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's 'Booty' music video is just a load of butts
Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written
The Walking Dead season 5 synopsis: Spoilers and existential questions revealed
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes