Step back in time to the post-punk scene of the mid 1980’s. Think Siouxsie Sioux, a DIY ethic, scratch video, protest, Thatcher.
November 2016 marks 40 years since the release of the Sex Pistols’ debut single, Anarchy in the UK. To mark the anniversary of the movement, Luton Culture present a short season of Punk events. Punks influence and impact on Luton will be explored, as well as its continuing influence, from fashion to film, politics to identity, and, of course, music.
As part of a film double bill, The Hat Factory will be showing The Clash: Westway to the World , a career retrospective of British punk band The Clash, featuring exclusive interviews with the entire band and our art documentary – Dump it On Parliament Revisited.
Dump It On Parliament Revisited – The Final Cut was created by local film-maker Andy Willsher and artists DASHNDEM and Roshi Nasehi, to explore the history of the original protest tape, Dump It On Parliament, and the creation of a new compilation made with local post-punk bands and musicians as a record and celebration of the raw energy of Bedfordshire 1980’s post-punk scene re-imagined for today. Meshing the past and present, using interviews and original footage, and referencing the cut-up film making techniques that emerged in the 1980’s. It looks at the background to the original tape – the political climate, the protest group B.A.N.D. and the post-punk music and film coming out of the 33 Arts Club. Then alongside, follows the production of the 2015 art commission.