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QUEERCORE - HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION!

QUEERCORE - HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION

Yony Leyser, USA, 2017

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Fri 28 September // 19:30 / Cinema

Tickets: £6/£5

What happens when the community you need is not the community you have? Tell yourself it exists over and over, make fanzines that fabricate hordes of queer punk revolutionaries, create subversive movies, and
distribute those movies widely and slowly, the community you’ve fabricated might become a real and radical heartbeat that spreads internationally. This is the story that Queercore tells, from the start of a pseudo movement in the mid 1980s, intended to punk the punk scene, to the widespread rise of artists who used radical queer identity to push back equally against gay assimilation and homophobic punk culture. Interviewees discuss homophobia, gender, feminism, AIDS, assimilation, sex, and, of course, art. The extensive participant list includes Bruce LaBruce, G.B. Jones, Genesis Breyer Porridge, John Waters, Justin Vivian Bond, Lynn Breedlove, Silas Howard, Pansy Division, Penny Arcade, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, Deke Elash, Tom Jennings, Team Dresch, and many more. Underscoring the interviews
are clips from movies, zines, concerts, and actions iconic to the movement. As steeped in the radical queer, anti capitalist, DIY, and give no fucks approach as queercore itself, the movie reveals the perspectives and experiences of bands, moviemakers, writers, and other outsiders, taking audiences inside the creation of the community and art so desperately needed by the same queers it encompassed.