Jubilee (1978)

“As long as the music’s loud enough, we won’t hear the world falling apart”

Like the concrete and graffiti that fills its frames, Jubilee combines grit with a scrappy graphic artistry to render the burgeoning UK punk scene on celluloid. It’s successful for the most part, capturing not just the eccentric fashion statements but the entire attitude of punk with a blistering immediacy and playfulness. As to be expected with Jarman, it has a classy formalism to offset the grime, feeling at times like a regally-dressed shopfront rather than a genuinely vandalised Britain of the future. It becomes a tad tiresome as it goes along, but the imagination, performances and novelty of seeing this moment in time captured so vividly carries you through.

Watched on BFI blu-ray

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