MAD | Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10019
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
$10 general / $5 members and students
In this dystopian cult classic, Queen Elizabeth I and her alchemist John Dee travel from the 1600s with the aid of Shakespeare’s Ariel from The Tempest, into a bleak, hyper-real version of 1970s London filled with gangs of violent punks and nihilistic businessmen. The film features performances by punk luminaries Jayne County and Adam Ant, alongside cameos from Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Slits, plus a score by Brian Eno.
In conjunction with the exhibition Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976–1986, the Museum of Arts and Design is proud to present a showcase of films centered on punk’s global influence. When punk first exploded on the scene in London and New York, its seismic shocks galvanized youth movements worldwide for rebellion and social change. Like the bands that inspired them, these films upend genre formulas in the service of satire, protest, and a better possible world.