British Council Urban Futures Programme

British Council will launch the arts program “Urban Futures” from 2018 for 3 years across North-East Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.  “Urban Futures” aim to foster greater inclusion and innovation in cities through the arts.  In Taiwan, we will support cross-art institutions and practitioners to explore how art can make our cities more open, dynamic, inclusive and fit for the future. Our program themes will focus on "Art & Social Activism", "Art, Science & Digital Innovation", "Art & Disability" and "Art & Ageing".

In May 2018, we proudly support Urban Nomad Film Festival to feature the brilliant punk musicians and fashion designer to actively voice out the message of social change through their artistic expression and the impact of such transformation to the citizen life stays powerful from the time of 70s until today. 

 

About Urban Nomad Film Festival

URBAN NOMAD, held annually since 2002, is Taiwan’s biggest indie film and music festival, offering a platform for film, music, art and technology. The festival’s mission is to create dialogue between cutting edge ideas and communities, causes and social movements. 

The 2018 festival focuses on the theme of Girl Power and Music Power in the city.  There will be 3 UK films featuring the story of all-girl punk rock band The Slits “HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS” (2017), music journey of British punk duo Sleaford Mods’ rising from midland suburban working-class men to national celebrity “BUNCH OF KUNST”(2017) and the brand integrity and punk inspiration of iconic British fashion designer Vivian Westwood “WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST”(2018).

 

HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS

William Badgley / 2017 / UK / 86min / documentary / English / Chinese subtitles / Taiwan premier

* Opening Film

* Filmmaker Q&A

Founded in London by four teen girls in 1976, the Slits were the world’s first all girl punk rock group. The British tabloids were horrified and wrote headlines like, “Here come the punkesses . . . these girls make the Sex Pistols look like choirboys.” Their drummer Palm Olive lived in a squat with Joe Strummer of The Clash (the two bands later toured together) and they came up in the London scene alongside Jonny Thunders and Sid Vicious. Bob Marley mentioned them in his lyrics, and Don Letts became their manager. The Slits called their music “punky reggae” and this documentary makes a case for their historical importance as the inspiration of all riot grrls. It follows the roller coaster career trajectory of the band –– the group went from the brink of popular success in the late 70s, to failure and breaking up, and then reforming in 2005. It also tracks the personal stories of the women away from and after music. Interviews include all Slits members as well as band members of Public Image Limited, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Sex Pistols and other top names in Britain’s punk generation.

WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST

Lorna Tucker / 2018 / UK / 80min / documentary / English / Chinese subs / Taiwan premier

Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years, and is responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time. The film blends archive, beautifully crafted reconstruction, and insightful interviews with Vivienne’s fascinating network of collaborators, guiding us on her journey from a childhood in postwar Derbyshire, to the opening of her seminal punk fashion boutique Sex in the 70s, and later to the runways of Paris and Milan. This is an intimate and poignant homage to one of the true cultural icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand’s integrity, her principles and her legacy in a fashion industry driven by consumerism, profit and global expansion.

BUNCH OF KUNST

Christine Franz / 2017 / Germany / 102min / documentary / English / Chinese subtitles / Taiwan premier

British punk duo Sleaford Mods have been called “the voice of Britain” by their fans, “Britain’s angriest band” by the Guardian and “The world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band” by Iggy Pop. In reality they are two middle-aged guys from the UK’s sprawling suburban midlands, and their music is published by their mate who drives a city bus for a living and runs a music label out of his bedroom. There is nothing sexy about them and though it seems impossible, they rise from playing local pubs for a few friends to performing on marquee stages at Glastonbury, London’s O2 Arena and touring Europe. Director Christine Franz is embedded with the band for two crucial years of their transformation from working-class nobodies to reluctant celebrities. It’s an homage to a band, its fans, their brutally honest lyrics and DIY ethos, and the story of three guys taking on the music business on their own terms.

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