Directed by Celine Danhier
4th May - 10th May 2012
This is an ironic title to a film which explores the highly creative
'No Wave' cinema scene in the Lower East Side in Manhatten during the
Among those looking back wistfully, among many contributors, are Debbie
Harry, Lydia Lunch, John Waters, Steve Buscemi and Jim Jarmusch.
There was not much money around at that time but it was nevertheless
a very fertile time artistic-wise.
James Nares, the English painter and director, who was part of the scene,
said that it was not the case that they wanted to make films for nothing
but rather that they wanted to make films but had nothing.
The deprivation that afflicted large parts of New York at that time -
the city nearly went bankrupt - is clearly reflected in the film, for
instance abandoned and rubbish strewn streets and multitudes of rats and
cockroaches scurrying through derelict houses.
Many stories are recounted, notably Amos Poe, who directed The Blank
Generation in 1976, an indie documentary which put Television, Talking
Heads and Patti Smith on the map. Despite a miniscule budget and under
great stress, but with enormous willpower and resolve, he successfully
completed the project.
By the time he had finished his next film, Unmade Beds, using second-hand
Super 8 cameras, his wife was in a mental institution, he had a new baby
and New York was heavily blanketed under snow. "It was a best time,
worst time in my life," he said with feeling.
Others who make telling commentss are John Lurie, who founded Lounge
Lizards, who appeared in Jarmusch's film Stranger Than Paradise. He used
to fund his films by staging the robbery of his saxaphones and then claimed
the insurance money.
All in all a compelling movie with many examples of obscure film clips
and rare interview footage.