Punk For Life, new film

Film Stories from the She Punks, by Helen Reddington and Gina Birch

Film Stories from the She Punks, by Helen Reddington and Gina Birch

This is a poster for the British film Stories from the She Punks, by Chefs bass/vocals Helen Reddington and Raincoats bass/vocals Gina Birch.

It is one of quite some films about punk. Soon, a new movie from the Netherlands will be added.

Today, Amsterdam film-maker Sohna Sumbunu mailed me that the film she is making with her fellow film academy students Sarah and Sierra will be finished very soon. Its title is Punk For Life.

It is a short documentary including re-enactments of 1980 scenes about early punk in the Netherlands. Specifically, when Amsterdam guitarist/singer Karla aka Pebbles Willekes (of Motorboat, City Squad, etc.) came to Leiden for rehearsing with Cheap ‘n’ Nasty. There was a plan that Pebbles would join the band to play in England. But these concerts were cancelled. That trip to London did lead to Crass Records asking Cheap ‘n’ Nasty to contribute a song to the first Bullshit Detector sampler LP. And to meeting Zounds: which led to a joint Zounds/Cheap ‘n’ Nasty tour of Belgium, the Netherlands and Berlin in November 1980.

In the re-enactment scenes in Punk For Life, Cheap ‘n’ Nasty members don’t play themselves. Eg, Cheap ‘n’ Nasty bass/vocals Terry is played by young punk bassist/vocalist Emma Paulissen (one centimetre shorter than Terry).