There is No Authority But Yourself Doco @ Punk Rock Film Week, Kelab 50B, Bangsar Utama, KL
BORED TEENAGERS & WASTED YOUTH
PUNK ROCK FILM WEEK VOL. 1
SESSION 2 – ANARCHO-PUNK
There Is No Authority But Yourself (Documentary/Netherlands/2006/70min)
Date: Thursday, 27 Sept 2011
Venue: Kelab 50-B, No. 50B, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar Utama, KL (shophouse next to Bangsar LRT Station) (2nd Floor above B.Y. Air-Con & Car Service Centre)
There is No Authority But Yourself is a Dutch film directed by Alexander Oey documenting the history of anarchist punk band Crass. The film features archive footage of the band and interviews with former members Steve Ignorant, Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher. As well as reflecting on the band’s past the film focusses on their current activities, and includes footage of Rimbaud performing with Last Amendment at the Vortex jazz club in Hackney, a compost toilet building workshop and a permaculture course held at Dial House in the spring of 2006.
The title of the film is derived from the final lines of the Crass album Yes Sir, I Will;
“You must learn to live with your own conscience, your own morality, your own decision, your own self. You alone can do it. There is no authority but yourself.”
The anarchist punk band Crass was very different from their contemporaries. The Sex Pistols and The Clash sold their souls to big record labels, whereas Crass stayed true to their anti-corporate ideals. Crass still exists today as a commune just outside of London named ‘Dial House’- a safe haven for those individuals of principle who still live by the old punk slogan ‘Do it yourself’.
Alexander Oey (1960) has directed a large number of documentaries, mainly for the Dutch networks VPRO and NPS, such as ‘My Life as a Terrorist: The Story of Hans – Joachim Klein’ (2005), ‘Euro-Islam according to Tariq Ramadan’ (2005),’Bijlmer the Rough Guid’ (2003) and ‘Jeff Wall’ (1999).
This screening is part of the PUNK ROCK Film Week (26 Sept – 2 Oct) at Kelab 50-B. View the complete schedule here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=257589897612473