Tyneside Cinema is about to acknowledge 40 years since the birth of punk, with a series of films and events, all curated by artist Graham Dolphin, brought together to show the mammoth and utterly vital influence of punk, and just to generally celebrate how awesome a role punk played and continues to play in so many lives. With Dolphin’s exhibition already open at Tyneside Cinema Gallery (read more about it here) the screenings and shows which run from Friday 26th until Sunday 28th August are an incredible homage to punk.
It all starts (and rightly so) with some live music on the Friday, as Hybrid Vigour present The Future Of Punk, as a new wave of punk-influenced acts belt out some blistering tunes in Tyneside Cinema’s Pop-Up Film School. Record label Hybrid Vigour has gathered a host of artists from across the country, including similarly minded label F***Punk from Bristol, Blood Sport from Sheffield, and Newcastle’s The Old Police House.
Then it’s onto cinematic treats, as Saturday 27th sees a showing of Japanese director Shinyu Tsukamoto’s cyberpunk-influenced science fiction tale Tetsuo: The Iron Man, along with a selection of short films from Dolphin and Richard Kern. Then on Sunday 28th August there will be a double-bill of Alex Cox’s cult ‘80s movie Repo Man starring Emilio Estevez and Charles Atlas’ rarely seen film essay Put Blood In The Music featuring Sonic Youth and John Zorn.
It’s a stacked weekend of punk-influenced fun that’ll surely remind us why the bold attitudes punk left us with need to long continue for another 40 years and beyond.