Trash’d New Wave Festival returns for its second year this September. Having evolved from Trash Cannes, the film festival now in its fourth year, Trash’d has taken on an identity of its own, covering classic British punk, artists film, photography and talk and discussion.
In 2012 Duncan Reid, formerly of London punk band the Boys and now financier of James Cameron’s Avatar movie franchise, gave a talk for the first Trash Cannes at the 2 Bulls Steakhouse in the old town. There to give his blessing and judge the fancy dress entries was Segs of the Ruts DC, who brought along Steve Finnerty and Aurora Dawn of Alabama 3. Their rekindled love affair with classic punk was born.
(Both Trash’d directors have past lives in the punk scene of the 70s: Keith Rodway was bass player in Mark Perry’s ATV splinter group, The Good Missionaries and Ben Browton’s alter ego, Seymour Bybuss, fronted the Shapes).
In the following two years they showed documentary films profiling TV Smith and the Adverts, The Clash and Johnny Thunders, plus a question-and-answer session with Johnny Thunders biographer and editor of Pete Doherty’s diaries, Nina Antonia, and promoted rave-review gigs by TV Smith and Vic Godard at the Brass Monkey – both are returning this year for Punky Monkey 2015 on Saturday October 3rd.
This year Trash’d are expanding their programme, spread out over three months, to continue promoting alternative grass-roots arts in Hastings.
A Big Lottery-funded exhibition with sound art installation, ‘Drawing Life’, will feature art works life-drawing classes with people living with dementia, curated by visual artist, author and TV producer Judy Parkinson.
HOWL, a spoken-word project for young people, will focus on rap, poetry and music that will allow marginalised young people living in Hastings to have their say – literally – about what living in Hastings is like for them.
Their series of punk-themed documentaries continues with ‘Big Gold Dream’ by Grant McPhee, the story of punk in Scotland, a big hit at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. Plus a shorter film by Kevin Wright, ‘The Story of Punk in Brighton’.
Both directors will give Q&As, and many of the original band members from the 197’0s Brighton punk scene, which ended in tragedy with the torching of The Vault by an unknown arsonist, will also be on hand to answer questions.
Legendary Northern Soul DJ Sue Grant will be on hand to move your dancing feet.
For more info about Trash’d New Wave and to buy tickets for Punky Monkey 2015, at an early-bird price of £7, go to: trashcannesfestival.co.uk/news