by / June 26th, 2008 /

Darklight Festival Preview


Shellshock Rock – A film about Northern Ireland’s late ’70s punk scene.

Since 1999, Darklight has been Ireland’s only festival dedicated to the convergence of art, film and technology. State looks ahead to the weekend and picks out the highlights of the programme. We’ll focus on our bread and butter (music) but there are loads of other events and screenings such as the Privacy symposium with guests including Damien Mulley and Jim Carroll, a showing of Tron and the superb Dead Man’s Shoes by Shane Meadows, a Crispin Hellion Glover live performance and screening and loads more good stuff. Have a look at the website and the programme (PDF). Come back to next Monday for a roundup of how it went down.


Underground Presents: Shellshock Rock

Filmbase, Friday 27th June, 4.00 pm (NB: Please note earlier time slot than advertised)
Shellshock Rock is John T Davis’ lyrical snapshot of Northern Ireland’s burgeoning punk scene in the late 1970s. It features performances – captured live and raw – from local bands The Undertones, Protex, Stiff Little Fingers, Rudi, Outcasts, Victim and The Idiots. Set to debut at the Cork Film Festival in 1979, but mysteriously rejected at the eleventh hour, Shellshock Rock later went on to win a Silver Award at the New York Film and Television festival that same year. John T.Davis//Ireland//1979//46 mins

More Info: Washington Post

As an added bonus, this screening will conclude with a showing of:

The Stars Are Underground

A vivid document (directly inspired by Shellshock Rock) of the generation of Irish bands who took their inspiration from American hardcore punk bands and, rather than pursuing major label deals, made their own self-financed records and released their own material; amongst the acts featured are Pet Lamb, Female Hercules, Tension, The Mexican Pets, and The Jubilee Allstars. Daragh McCarthy//Ireland//1996//24 mins

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The Late Show: Darklight & Candy Present Heavy Metal In Baghdad

Irish Film Institute, Friday 27th June, 11 pm
VICE Magazine founder Suroosh Alvi and VICE Films head Eddy Moretti embark on a gonzo journey to meet Iraq’s only heavy metal band in a freewheeling documentary focusing on youth culture in war-torn Iraq. In the summer of 2005, shortly after Saddam Hussein’s brutal rule came to an end, Iraqi heavy metal group Acrassicauda (named after an especially venomous breed of black scorpion) teamed with VICE Magazine to stage a sold out rock concert. A year later, Alvi and Moretti return to the Middle East country to find out how the war has affected the band.Filmmaker Eddy Moretti will be in attendence for this screening. Eddy Moretti & Suroosh Alvi//2007//84 mins

More Info: Trailer | Official Site

UNDERGROUND in association with Road Records

Both The Stars Are Underground and Shellshock Rock are in association with Underground which has a whole load of other stuff happening over the weekend. Kicking off on Friday night with a street party outside Road Records from 6.30pm with music from Mici Durnin (Maximum Joy) & David Beattie. In the basement of Road Records, an exhibition featuring 10 artists curated by artists and musicians Peter Maybury & Dennis McNulty will be on display. Underground focuses on the changes in independent music culture over the last fifteen years, tracking the relationship between the local and the global, society and technology and charting the erasure of the boundary between the public and the private.

Saving Pop Culture: Experimental German Music Videos 2003 – 2007

The Light House, Sat 28th June, 5 pm
This selection of recent German music videos offers compelling evidence that the medium is alive and kicking. The programme includes videos from International Pony, Amon Tobin, Tujiko Noriko, The Streets, Hymie’s Basement, Wir sind Helden, C-Shulz, Chicks on Speed, Bit Meddler, Roman Flügel, Telefon Tel Aviv, Monta, Vernon & Burns, Losoul, Luigi Archetti, Bo Wiget and Funkstörung.

Underground Presents: Last Night of the Funnel

Film Base, Sat 28th June, 8pm
We mentioned the Funnel in our U:mack Circuit Breakers piece in issue 02 so we’re looking forward to seeing footage from the infamous venue. Last Night of the Funnel features 80 minutes of roughly edited hand-held camcorder footage of the Funnel’s final bash, a massive party featuring DJs from U:Mack, D1, Bassbin, The Fear and Pure from Scotland; it captures a moment in time and a night to remember (if you are old enough to that is). Stephen Rennicks//Ireland//1999//80 mins

Full disclosure: State Magazine is a media partner of the Darklight Festival and proud of it.