22nd May 2017
Anarchy! McLaren Westwood Gang
Described as 'Fascinating' by Wendy Ide in The Observer, 'Anarchy! McLaren Westwood Gang' is being released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the birth of Punk - director Phil Strongman was at the heart of the punk movement selling T-shirts in the Kings Road and later went on to chronicle the period in the successful book, 'Pretty Vacant - A History Of UK Punk'. Peter Bradshaw, in The Guardian, described the film as 'Interesting...shrewd'. Mike Wearing, producer of 'Edge of Darkness', called the film 'the Apocalypse Now of art documentaries', while Kieran Cashell of LIT hailed it as 'a masterpiece'. However, 'Anarchy! McLaren Westwood Gang' is about so much more than the short lived punk phenomenon and explores the notion of Malcolm McLaren as the great architect of British Punk. The film includes candid interviews with McLaren conducted in Paris and London, some stunning unseen footage about his childhood, his 1960's activism, meeting with Vivienne Westwood, the Kings Road shops, and focuses on his key role in the Punk 'anti-fashion' and the Sex Pistols and many others. Three films in one: it's a history of European Anarchism; a biog of McLaren and a compelling exposť of the real birth of the Sex Pistols (with contributions from The Clash, 101ers, Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant, Boy George, Don Letts, Tony Wilson, Tracey Emin, Stuart Christie, Nick Egan, Vivienne Westwood). 'Anarchy! McLaren Westwood Gang' is an authentic and remarkable document of that febrile moment in time that left such a long shadow over modern culture. Described by Dominic Wells of TimeOut as 'fascinating', and as 'brilliant' by Fiona Cartledge of SOTT, this is unmissable. A 2xDVD set featuring the film and also some great extra features, including the last ever filmed interview with McLaren. Additionally the set includes a 7 inch single contacting Malcolm McLaren speaking over music, a badge and a brand new booklet an with essay written by Barry Cain, who interviewed McLaren many times. Also included are a postcard signed by director Phil Strongman and a poster. This new edition of 'Anarchy! McLaren Westwood Gang' comes in a box with lift off lid featuring all original artwork by Jonny Halifax.