Bill Osgerby
Search for other papers by Bill Osgerby in
Current site
Google Scholar
Silver screen sedition
Auteurship and exploitation in the history of punk cinema
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

Like its expression in music, fashion and design, punk's presence in cinema has been eclectic. Undoubtedly, a marked dimension of avant-garde auteurship has always featured in punk's relation with film. Punk cinema's association with the camp and the carnivalesque was continued in John Waters' Polyester. Several independent filmmakers developed a sustained relationship with punk as both, a theme and a source of creative inspiration. The early 1980s boom in independent filmmaking also brought several punk-oriented films centred on young women. As Nicholas Rombes observes, 'new punk cinema' was less a coherent, unified school of film than a loose set of filmmaking styles and production strategies informed by the sensibilities of punk. The democratic spur and antipathy to Hollywood orthodoxy has a distinct affinity with Stacy Thompson's 'punk cinema' ideals.

  • Collapse
  • Expand

All of MUP's digital content including Open Access books and journals is now available on manchesterhive.


Fight back

Punk, politics and resistance


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 224 54 7
Full Text Views 44 0 0
PDF Downloads 33 1 0