Anarchy! The McLaren Westwood Gang, a new film by Phil Strongman, gets its official cinema release next month.

Strongman was well-placed to make the film, having sold t-shirts on the Kings Road during the height of punk, before chronicling the age in his book Pretty Vacant: A History Of UK Punk.

The film includes candid interviews with Malcolm McLaren conducted in Paris and London, previously unseen footage about his childhood, his 1960’s activism, meeting with Vivienne Westwood, their Kings Road shops. It focuses on his key role in the Punk ‘anti-fashion’ and the Sex Pistols and many others, and includes contributions from The Clash, 101ers, Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant, Boy George, Don Letts, Tony Wilson, Tracey Emin, Stuart Christie, Nick Egan and Westwood herself.

Set for release on 16 September as part of the UK’s 40 Years of Punk celebrations, the film will also receive a number of preview and festival screenings, including Don Letts’ Punk At The BFI season and an afternoon screening at the 100 Club, Oxford Street to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the 100 Club Punk Festival.

Screenings so far confirmed are….

Sunday 21 August London BFI Southbank
Saturday 27 August London BFI Southbank (*Q&A/director)
Saturday 27 August Hastings Electric Palace
Sunday 28 August Hastings Electric Palace (*Q&A/Jordan)
Friday 16th September London Arthouse Crouch End
Friday 16th September Colchester First Site
Saturday 17th September London 100 Club
Sunday 18th September London DocHouse @ Curzon Bloomsbury
Saturday 24th September Manchester Home
Wednesday 5th October Northampton Errol Flynn Filmhouse
Wednesday 19th October Wirksworth Northern Light Cinema


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