Basically, John Moped- Monday 30 October at 7.30pm
Formed in 1974 by a group of school friends, this extraordinary Croydon band was (and still is) fronted by the enigmatic Paul Halford (Johnny Moped). By 1977 they were at the heart of London’s burgeoning punk scene, but despite a classic album major success eluded them. Basically, Johnny Moped offers an entertaining portrait of a band that epitomises an eccentric Croydon spirit unlike any other.
Followed by a Q&A with director Fred Burns and Mopeds Johnny Moped and Marty Love, which will consider the remarkable rise in the band’s fortunes in the 10 years since the film appeared.
How to Talk to Girls at Parties- Tuesday 31 October at 7.30pm
Croydon, 1977. Schoolboy punk fanzine writer Enn and friends find themselves in a large suburban house, when searching for a gig after-party. They are delighted to find girls in outlandish fashions, but in reality they have stumbled across a colony of aliens, and an ominous ceremony is about to take place… Halloween screening, introduced by David Lean Cinema Patron Joanna Scanlan, who played Enn’s mum.
Punk in London- Wednesday 1 November at 7pm
Young German director Wolfgang Büld and a small crew came to London as punk reached its commercial peak in 1977. They captured unique live footage of The Jam, The Clash, X-Ray Spex, The Adverts, The Lurkers, Subway Sect and several others. Punk in London also has interviews with band members, club managers and other influential figures, and although not all are articulate (or polite), the result is a raw and vivid picture of a fast-changing era. Followed by a Q&A with Wolfgang Büld.
Are They Hostile
The brainchild of producer/presenter Griff Griffiths and director Mark Williams, this documentary shines a light on Croydon punk, new wave and indie bands that followed in the footsteps of The Damned and Johnny Moped.
Followed by a Q&A with Mark Williams, Griff Griffiths and legendary DJ Peter ‘Foxy’ Fox.
An Afternoon with Captain Zip- Saturday 4 November at 3pm
Phil Munnoch made 8mm films from age of 12. In 1978, he started documenting the punks seen in locations such as the King’s Road and Beaufort Market, capturing new youth subcultures as well as glimpses of key players such as Vivienne Westwood. He was christened Captain Zip due to the zips covering his clothing, which helped him to be accepted by those he filmed.
Captain Zip will introduce a selection of his films, and take part in a Q&A afterwards.
The Damned: A Night of a Thousand Vampires- Saturday 4 November at 7pm
This is no ordinary concert film, and director Martin Gooch begins with a black and white opening reminiscent of 1930s Universal horror, featuring Vanian’s arrival by coffin, inside a horse-drawn hearse. Colour is added when the band appear on stage.
Followed by a Q&A with Martin Gooch and Captain Sensible.