Saturday 20th September sees the premiere of Roll Up Your Sleeves: The DIY Counterculture a 27 minute film by 21 year old Dylan Haskins and friends in the IFI in Temple Bar at 12 noon. The premiere is free in.
The documentary is a colourful exploration of the phenomenon of ‘Do-It-Yourself’ counterculture from the starting point of his own group of friends and their local alternative community. The journey of discovery leads Haskins to drive a US folk punk band on their European tour and looks at the relationship between DIY ideology and European autonomous social centres. This is contrasted with the Seomra Spraoi social centre project in Dublin and the problems they face. Independent music features as a thread throughout the film.
Interviewees include Ian MacKaye of legendary alternative bands Fugazi and Minor Threat, Ellen Lupton, author of DIY: Design it Yourself and Curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, Ellie and Louise Macnamara of young irish band Heathers and members of long running Dutch experimental punk band The Ex.