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The Punk Rock Movie from England (1978)

The Punk Rock Movie (original title)
Documentary on the London punk-rock scene, circa '78.



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Credited cast:
Soo Catwoman ...
Herself (as Cat Woman)
Steve Strange ...
Robin Banks ...
Mark Perry ...
Himself (as Mark P.)
Roger Bullen ...
Himself (as Dee Generate)
Helen Bullen ...
Herself (as Dee's Mum)
Jeannette Lee ...
Herself (as Jeannette)
Don Letts ...
Himself (as Don)
Steven Severin ...
Himself (as Steve Havoc)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jayne County ...
Himself (as Wayne County)
Debbie Juvenile ...
Himself (as The Sex Pistols)
Shane MacGowan ...
Himself (as Shane McEwen)


A revealing look into the bands comprising the 1978 London punk-rock scene, and a peek back-stage at the lives behind the facade. Includes performances by Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Eater, and other concurrent bands. Written by Robert Morgan

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9 June 1978 (USA)  »

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The Punk Rock Movie from England  »

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Most of the bands were filmed at the Roxy club in London, where Don Letts worked as a DJ. Letts filmed the bands very simply with a Super-8 camera, and also filmed on the tour bus and at shows with The Clash and The Slits. The Sex Pistols were filmed at Screen on the Green in London on 3 April 1977, Sid Vicious's first show with the band. See more »


Debbie Juvenile: Oh, some decent fucking music at last!
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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70's Time capsule material about the British Punk scene.
19 November 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Don Lett's Punk Rock Movie is just like the music it captures, crude but effective. Lett's (who would later become a member of Big Audio Dynamite) shot this movie on Super8mm. He was friends with many of the punk bands because he was their reggae connection (there was an interesting punk/reggae connection in London during that time). The footage of the Sex Pistols is priceless and worth the price of the tape itself. The Clash and the other major players are featured in this documentary. An interesting watch. I also recommend U.K. Decay as a follow up.

Be on the look out for a young Shane Mac Gowan (The Pogues). He was a huge punk back in the late seventies before he re-invented himself as a hard edged Irish folk musician. He went on to combine the two elements and create a new sound.

Highly recommended!

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