Silver screen sedition
Auteurship and exploitation in the history of punk cinema
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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.

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