Revenge of the Mekons
Director: Joe Angio Run Time: 95 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2015
Starring: Jon Langford, Lu Edmonsds, Rico Bell, Sally Timms, Sarah Corina, Steve Goulding, Susie Honeyman, Tom Greenhalgh
Revenge of the Mekons charts the unlikely career of the genre-defying collective notorious for being “the band that took punk ideology most seriously.” Featuring a Q&A with director Joe Angio and other special guests to be announced.
Born out of the 1977 British punk scene, the Mekons progressed from a group of socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Joe Angio’s exuberant documentary follows their improbable history – a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music; forays into the art world (collaborations with Vito Acconci and Kathy Acker); and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Revenge of the Mekons reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, punk’s reigning contrarians continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos.