Herb Shellenberger

EBTT FILM NIGHT #1: Take Three Girls + Rough Cut and Ready Dubbed
November 20, 2009 at 9:30PM
International House Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Introduction by filmmaker Paul Kelly

England Belongs to Twee is Philadelphia's first-tier indie pop + punk rock disco. After dominating the dancefloor at least monthly for multiple years and presenting shows with some excellent bands like Comet Gain, The Yummy Fur, Summer Cats and The Legends (to name a few), where was there to go next?

THE CINEMA! EBTT and Joseph A. Gervasi (of horror film-presenters Exhumed Films) have teamed up for a FREE night in Philadelphia's best theater with two films: one twee and one punk. DON'T MISS IT!

Take Three Girls: The Dolly Mixture Story, Paul Kelly, 2008, UK, DVD, 40'
London filmmaker Paul Kelly's documentary focuses on Dolly Mixture, one of the best yet highly underappreciated indie pop bands of all time. Formed in 1978, the all-female teenage trio released a few legendary singles and the classic double album Demonstration Tapes. Tours and shows followed with bands like The Undertones, The Fall and The Damned, to name a few. Though Dolly Mixture disbanded in 1984, the group's influence has been far-reaching and is heard in bands like Beat Happening, Vivian Girls, Heavenly, Liechtenstein, Unrest, Go Sailor and countless others.

Paul Kelly has had a widely diverse career in the UK rock scene. Kelly (along with Kieran Evans) directed the 2003 Saint Etienne-presented and scored film Finisterre. He has also worked with Saint Etienne in a number of capacities including designing album artwork, directing promo videos and performing on stage. He is currently working on a book about Vox guitars (following up on a previous book on Fender guitars) and another documentary, Lawrence of Belgravia, about the legendary Felt/Denim/Go-Kart Mozart musician Lawrence. Kelly will conduct a Q&A following the screening.

Rough Cut and Ready Dubbed, Hasan Shah & Dom Shaw, 1982, UK, DVD, 59'
A gritty and fun look at the UK post-punk scene shot in 8mm. Fans of punk, oi!, mod and ska will be pleased by the footage of a riot at a Stiff Little Fingers gig, the punk shenanigans of Cockney Rejects and interviews with cultural heavy-hitters of the day including John Peel, Gary Bushell and Tony Wilson. This rarely-screened documentary (unavailable on video in the US) was filmed with the same DIY aesthetic that spawned punk music itself. Also features Sham 69, Purple Hearts, A Certain Ratio, The Selecter and more.

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