Before the Iron Curtain fell, 1980s West Berlin was a walled in island, a creative melting pot of music, art and chaos. Anger and ennui fomented a vibrant post-punk underground scene of drugs, squatters, art and fabled rock bands living on the edge of life.
Manchester ex-pat and Factory Records rep Mark Reeder was in the thick of it, and in B-Movie, he mixes memoirs of his own life with super-8 archival footage of rare performances by the local artists: Nick Cave, Gudrun Gut, Blixa Bargeld and electronic music pioneer Westbam.
Further footage of Christiane F, Malaria! and Einstürzende Neubauten helps explain the dark hedonism of the era, evocatively soundtracked by Joy Division, Die Toten Hosen, Bowie, the Sex Pistols and more. The story ends with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the city’s rebirth as Europe’s new capital of electronic dance music.
B-Movie is dense with detail, and as abrasively explosive as the epoch of its birth.
“Highly engaging … an appealing memoir of a wild decade.” – Hollywood Reporter
To purchase tickets, visit the Antenna Documentary Film Festival website.