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Thursday, 16 May, 2002, 13:15 GMT 14:15 UK
Film theatre celebrates Jubilee punk
Sex Pistols / BFI Collections
DOA includes footage of the Sex Pistols' short career
London's National Film Theatre (NFT) is to celebrate the Queen's 50th year on the throne with Never Mind The Jubilee, a season of rare films and documentaries about late 1970s punk rock.

Nearly three decades on from the original explosion of punk music and fashion, bands like the Sex Pistols and The Clash can be seen at work and at play in films like Rude Boy and The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle.

Jubilee / BFI Collections
Jubilee was a dark, futuristic fantasy
Also showing at the NFT are lesser-known documentaries from the era, including Janet Street-Porter's 1976 film for LWT's The London Weekend Show, which includes a live Sex Pistols performance.

DOA, a documentary shot during 1977 and 1978 by Polish director Lech Kowalski, includes a slurred interview with the Sex Pistols' doomed bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungeon.

The 1978 feature film Jubilee will also be screened.


Directed by Derek Jarman, it was an apocalyptic fantasy in which Elizabethan alchemist John Dee projects centuries into the future to monitor the activities of a wild girl gang in 1977.

Rude Boy / BFI Collections
Rude Boy included documentary elements
The US punk scene is also included, with a screening of the 1980s The Decline of Western Civilisation, a record of the scene in Los Angeles directed by Penelope Spheeris.

And the BBC's more recent documentary, Arena: Punk and the Pistols will be seen with some cuts in the TV version restored.

The Clash are seen acting as well as playing in Rude Boy, a drama-documentary shot during 1977 and 1978 that includes footage of National Front demonstrations and a Rock Against Racism gig.

Never Mind The Jubilee is showing at the NFT, London from 7 to 30 June.

See also:

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