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Tyneside Cinema celebrates 40 years of punk

Freedom Of ’76 Punk Weekender

Tyneside Cinema. 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QG – Friday 26 – Sunday 28 August 2016

 2016 sees the 40th anniversary of the birth of punk.  To celebrate Tyneside Cinema will be presenting a short series of events and screenings, curated by artist Graham Dolphin, that look at the influence of punk.

Freedom Of ’76 – Punk Weekender will start on Friday 26 August with The Future Of Punk, a night of live music from a new wave of punk-influenced acts in Tyneside Cinema’s Pop-Up Film School. Record label Hybrid Vigour has gathered a host of artists from across the country, including similarly minded label F***Punk from Bristol, Blood Sport from Sheffield, and Newcastle’s The Old Police House.

Over the weekend Tyneside Cinema will also be screening a selection of films chosen by artist Graham Dolphin for their expression of freedom of punk.  On Saturday 27 August the Cinema will screen Japanese director Shinyu Tsukamoto’s cyberpunk-influenced science fiction tale Tetsuo: The Iron Man along with a selection of short films from Dolphin and Richard Kern.  Then on Sunday 28 August there will be a double-bill of Alex Cox’s cult ‘80s movie Repo Man starring Emilio Estevez and Charles Atlas’ rarely seen film essay Put Blood In The Music featuring Sonic Youth and John Zorn. 

The Tyneside Cinema will also be showing Graham Dolphin’s artwork ‘161 Feet (Lesser Free Trade Hall, 1976)’ for free in their digital art space The Gallery.  The artwork takes a rare Super 8 film of two live performances by the Sex Pistols in 1976, reanimates each individual frame and then displays the image across the cinema screen.


sex pistols lesser free trade hall poster


Graham Dolphin said:

“Rather than trawl through the well versed arguments and cultural ‘highlights’ of punk this exhibition along with the supporting  series of events and screenings aims to look at how the freedom allowed by punks first wave in 1976 infiltrated the thinking of cinema and where that freedom might be found in today’s music.”

Hybrd Vigour Present ‘The Future Of Punk’ takes place at Tyneside Cinema’s Pop-Up Film School, 43 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QE on Friday 26 August from 19:30 .  Tickets are £5/£4 concessions.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man plus Artist Short Films takes place on Saturday 27 August at 20:45Repo Man plus Put Blood In The Music takes place on Sunday 28 August at 17:00.  Both take place at Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG.  Tickets are £7/£5 each.


repo man screening tetsuo the iron man screening


Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 0191 227 5500 or in person at the Tyneside Cinema box office.

A Punk Weekender Ticket, that includes The Future Of Punk gig and both films is available for just £10.  These tickets can be purchased by calling 0191 227 5500 or in person at the Tyneside Cinema Box Office.

Graham Dolphin’s exhibition ‘161 Feet (Lesser Free Trade Hall)’ will be showing in The Gallery on the 3rd floor of Tyneside Cinema every day from 11:00 – 17:00 until Wednesday 7 September.  Entry is free.

Tyneside Cinema will also be screening the 30th anniversary reissue of Sid and Nancy, Alex Cox’s seminal biopic of Sex Pistol’s bassist Sid Vicious, starring Gary Oldman, from Sunday 28 August.  Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 0191 227 5500 or in person at the box office.

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