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A film documenting thirty years of punk history makes it way to B&D Studios on Thursday 19th November. Positive Force: More Than A Witness, 30 Years Of Punk Politics An Action is the story of a punk activist collective, Positive Force DC, from their emergence in 1985 through three decades of activism.

Robin Bell’s feature length film is a mix of new interviews with some key Positive Force activists, including co-founder Mark Andersen (co-author of Dance Of Days) and Jenny Toomey (Simple Machines, Tsunami), as well as supporters such as Ian MacKaye, Jello Biafra, Dave Grohl, Ted Leo, Riot Grrrl co-founders Allison Wolfe and Kathleen Hanna, Penny Rimbaud and more. There’s also some wonderful rare archive footage skilfully blended in, so a chance to see some snippets of electrifying live performances from Fugazi, Bikini Kill, Rites of Spring, Nation of Ulysees, Anti-Flag and other punk icons.

Starting with the birth in a local scene sparked by bands such as Bad Brains, Minor Threat and Rites of Spring, with influence also being drawn from UK anarcho punks Crass and the original ‘Positive Force’ band Seven Seconds, punk politics found itself some new exponents.

The film touches on thirty years of history, including Postive Force’s Regan-era origins, the creation of a communal house, FBI harassment, and an underground scene bursting out into the mainstream, causing controversy over both the means and the ends of the movement

In true punk fashion, Positive Force continues with creative DIY ideals and tactics, challenging issues such as homelessness, hunger, racism, sexism, homophobia, corporate globalization, war and many other problems we all face, and do so while struggling to address the ever conflicting dynamics and visions of the group itself.

This 69 minute film packs a lot in, and really is a must for all punk fans, though there’s sure to be something to be taken from this for most people as it addresses of a range of political and social issues. There also features pre- and post-screening DJ sets from Graham Wales, and a Q&A with director Robin Bell, this is an evening packed full of entertainment and inspiration.

You can see Positive Force: More Than A Witness at B&D Studios, Newcastle on Thursday 19th November

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