Join us in the Luna Outdoor on Sunday, March 21 for a special screening of White Riot that looks at a defining moment in time when music changed the world. The celebrations kick off at 7.00 pm with special drinks available for purchase at the bar and Nick Sheppard (a one-time member of The Clash) playing his favourite tunes from that era. Sheppard, who participated in the RAR and played with various bands in the UK at the time will share his stories and experiences from that era before the film starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets now on sale.
An exploration of how punk influenced politics in late-1970s Britain, White Riot documents the formation of the Rock Against Racism movement that put anti-racist politics at the heart of punk rock.
Britain, late-1970s. Punk is exploding. The country is deeply divided over immigration. The National Front, a far-right and fascist political party, is gaining strength as politicians like Enoch Powell push a xenophobic agenda. Outraged by a racist speech from Eric Clapton, music photographer Red Saunders writes a letter to the music press, calling for rock to be a force against racism. NME, Melody Maker, and Sounds all publish the letter. Flooded with responses, Red discovers many share his views.
Teaming up with like-minded creatives Roger Huddle, Kate Webb, Syd Shelton and Australian graphic designer Ruth Gregory, the team bands together to create Rock Against Racism (RAR) and a fanzine, Temporary Hoarding. Speaking directly to the youth, Temporary Hoarding reports stories and issues that the mainstream British media ignores, like immigration, the Catholic side of the Northern Ireland conflict, and the police’s controversial “suspected persons” (sus) powers. They give a voice to the voiceless. The National Front begins to strike back, committing acts of violence against RAR supporters and petrol-bombing their HQ. Despite this, RAR spreads virally across the UK and into Europe, becoming a grassroots youth movement. The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson and other top bands of the day jump on board.
White Riot is a moment in time when music changed the world. When a generation challenged the status quo. It’s Woodstock meets the March on Washington, punk-style.
A lively debut from director Rubika Shah, White Riot blends contemporary interviews with archive footage to highlight how music changed the world and a generation that challenged the status quo.
“An engaging historical story with timely contemporary echoes.”- The Hollywood Reporter
WINNER: Best Documentary Film, London Film Festival 2019
NOMINATED: Best Music Documentary, Special Jury Mention, Krakow Film Festival 2020
NOMINATED: Best Film - Generation 14Plus, Special Jury Mention, International Berlin Film Festival 2020.