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Beijing Punk -- When the Olympics came to China the world spotlight turned to a country synonymous with human rights abuse and by any measure a totalitarian police state. But under the surface is a growing movement of punks and misfits, the irony of which is not lost on the filmmakers.
Beijing Punk -- What happens when 1.3 billion Chinese discover punk?  Beijing Punk is a feature length, English language documentary that is an exploration of the hidden world of rebels and misfits a scratch under the surface of conformist China.


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What happens when 1.3 billion Chinese discover punk?
A film crew follows underground punks through Communist China in the year of the Olympics. | Add synopsis »
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Liu Bao ... Liu Bao
Xu Bo ... Xu Bo
Nevin Domer ... Nevin
Shi Xu Dong ... Shi Xu Dong
Brian Hardgroove ... Hardgroove
Shaun Jefford ... Shaun (as Shaun M. Jefford)
Lei Jun ... Lei Jun
Alexandre Kyriakidis ... Alex
Johnathan Leijonhufvud ... Johnathan
Zhenxing Liu ... Liu Liu
Sun Ya Lun ... Sun Ya Lun
Micky ... Micky
Zhang Ning ... Zhang Ning
Mark Oi ... Mark Oi
Miss Pei ... Miss Pie
Li Hui Peng ... Li Hui Peng
Du Shei ... Du Shei
Du Shuai ... Du Shuai
Yang Hai Song ... Yang
Vivlei Wang ... Vivlei
Guo Yang ... Guo Yang
Li Yang ... Spike
Ma Yue ... Ma Yue

Directed by
Shaun Jefford  (as Shaun M. Jefford)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shaun Jefford  (as Shaun M. Jefford)

Produced by
Shaun Jefford .... producer (as Shaun M. Jefford)
Mike Kramer .... producer
Tom Lanni .... associate producer
Alex Scollay .... producer
Johanna Steinmann .... associate producer
Dominic Stone .... consulting producer
Paul Turner .... executive producer
Paul Turner .... producer
Paul Zagoridis .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Alexandre Kyriakidis 
Film Editing by
Shaun Jefford  (as Shaun M. Jefford)
Alex Meillier 
Tanya Meillier (co-editor)
Production Management
Tanya Meillier .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Sean O'Sullivan .... lead graphic artist
Visual Effects by
Neil Huxley .... title designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Brunton .... camera operator
Shaun Jefford .... camera operator (as Shaun M. Jefford)
Matthew Neiderhauser .... still photographer
Mark Oi .... still photographer
Wang Yang .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Zach Tow .... trailer/teaser editor
Other crew
Eva O'Sullivan .... lead translator
Maeva Caron .... special thanks
Benjamin Collignon .... special thanks
Michael Collins .... the producers wish to thank
Alexis Kovalenko .... the producers wish to thank
Alex Meillier .... very special thanks
Tanya Meillier .... thanks
Christopher Yahng .... thanks

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85 min | USA:73 min
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"Beijing Punk", 8 October 2010
Author: Cambridge Film Festival from United Kingdom

Chinese punks – who knew? Yet thanks to this documentary by Australian filmmaker Shaun Jefford, we get a glimpse into their nascent underground scene, on the eve of Beijing's 2008 Olympics.

Filmed with appropriate graininess and supplemented with bootleg gig footage, Jefford has found a diverse and fascinating movement. Primarily exploring the lives of two bands, MiSanDao (self-proclaimed "Chinese skinheads") and Demerit, the difficulties they face in trying to do what they love are highlighted. The government censor lyrics (stymieing album launches), the bands give up on money (most jobs requiring twelve-hour-days), and their families are unwilling to support them. Yet with the nightclub D-22 as their base, punk is what they do.

More searching questions might have been asked. The appropriation of the "skinhead" tag by MiSanDao is not addressed until towards the end of the film (to reassure the audience that the band are not neo-Nazis, after they are shown playing a German skinhead festival!) The cultural analysis of Michael Pettis, the American founder of D-22, is the only critical voice throughout the film (albeit learned) and language also seems to have been a barrier.

But the music provides its own justification and thankfully Jefford has made it the main event. This is China as never before seen – you'll just be grateful for a look inside. Spike, Demerit's singer, proudly claims "we live punk ... we are punk", and arguably rebellious punk-rock has never been more needed than in modern China. You'll think about music in a new light.

Cambridge Film Festival Daily

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