Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution, dir. Yony Leyser, 2017 USA, 72 min. 👏
Saturday, June 17, 9:30 p.m., Victoria Theatre: North American première
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
In the 1980’s, a handful of punk aficionados, seeking a movement that would embrace their punk æsthetic and their radical queer social and political activism at the same time, basically conjured that scene into being by pretending it already existed. The punk scene had a lot of homophobia to work through, while the gay scene was more about disco divas and assimilation than head-banging guitar riffs and mosh pits, but they wanted to “have your cock and eat it, too.” Don’t let that phrase fool you into thinking that this is just about gay men, though: there were plenty of radical lesbians and more than a few people of trans experience involved. This documentary includes interviews with many of the big names of homocore, queercore, and related genres, including Bruce LaBruce, G.B. Jones, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, John Waters, Justin Vivian Bond, Lynn Breedlove, Silas Howard, Jon Ginoli (of Pansy Division), Penny Arcade, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, Deke Elash, Tom Jennings, Team Dresch, and Billie Joe Armstrong (of Green Day), plus clips from concerts, snippets of early zines, and footage of social activism, taking you from the onset of queercore to the next generation making it their own. Highly recommended for all audiences, must see for punk fans.

IMDb page •  note: the full movie is currently available online, but I’m not sure it’s authorized…
Disclaimer: a handful of the interview subjects are friends or acquaintances of mine.

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