I like to watch what have become termed as “Bio-Pics”. Bio-Pics are films that deal with the lives of famous people. My favorite type of Bio-Pics are those that deal with the lives of bands or musicians. I usually like the beginning of these films more than the endings. I like to watch as the people portrayed in them strive toward success. Many of these films show this very well. It is enjoyable to watch as the story unfolds and their dreams start coming true, even if it only happens on a small scale. What is not so enjoyable is when things start going sour for the subjects of the film. When watching films about the lives of musicians things often do go sour. In Bio-Pics that deal with certain genres of music are more prone to going sour than others. If you watch a Bio-Pic about musicians in the genre known as Punk Rock you can be fairly sure that there will not be a happy ending. I like Punk Rock and it was a big part of my life. Watching films about it makes me both happy and sad. I enjoy watching the parts in these films that show the initial excitement of creating a band and achieving even a minor success. I do not enjoy watching the parts where things fall to pieces. There are four films I have viewed that that show the excitement of early Punk Rock, however they also, deal with the tragic ends of four of its icons. With all of these films, I love the beginning, and hate the ending.
Sid and Nancy
This film dealt mostly with the relationship between Sex Pistols’ bassist Sid Vicious (Simon John Ritchie) and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The film came out in 1986, and starred Gary Oldman, as Sid, and Chloe Webb, as Nancy. The opening scenes of the film point to the tragic ending. Some of the film’s early scenes show the excitement of early. Most of the film is about Sid’s mixed-up relationship, with Nancy, who according to this film’s account gets him hooked on Heroin. When I first watched the film I could not help thinking that the starring actors were not as attractive, as the people they were portraying had been in real life. Many films do the exact opposite of that. However, now I feel that this was a good casting decision, as it makes their heroin use seem even uglier than it already was.
Sid and Nancy-Trailer
Dogs in Space
This 1986 film was the creation of Richard Lowenstein. Although, the events in this film are deemed fictional they are based on events in Lowenstein’s life and experiences with the Melbourne band, The Ears. In the film they are called Dogs in Space. INXS’s Micheal Hutchence, plays the band’s front man, Sam, modeled after The Ears’ front Man, Sam Sejavka. Much of the film deals with the day to day life of the band and their fans, who are also their roommates. Something that will be very familiar to anyone, anywhere in the world who was involved in early Punk Rock. The film also shows us the relationship between Sam, and his girlfriend Anna. Both of these characters have a heroin problem. This makes the film very similar to Sid and Nancy. You will have to watch the film to see who gets done in by the demon Heroin. The film on an overall level is not as dismal to watch as Sid and Nancy, as there are quite a few bits of humor and the excitement of Melbourne’s small Punk Rock scene of the time period. If you can get a copy of it do so. I only have the soundtrack and have not been able to get a DVD for my region.
Dogs in Space- Trailer
Primitive Calculators Scene From Dogs in Space
Filmed in Black and White, and released in 2007, this film depicts the life of, the group Joy Division’s front man, Ian Curtis. The screenplay was written by Matt Green Halglah, based of the book Touching from a Distance, by Deborah Curtis, Ian’s wife. Much of the film is about the relationship between Ian, played by Sam Riley, and Deborah, played by Samantha Morton. Also depicted is Ian’s extramarital relationship, with the journalist Annik Honoré. If you already know about the life of Ian Curtis, you know how this movie ends. If you do not, watch this very moving film with a box of tissues.
What We Do is Secret
This 2007 release, shows us a glimpse at one of the most volatile punk rock scenes in the history of the genre. It is about a band and its lead singer who made it that way. Under the direction of Rodger Grossmen, we are taken into the world of Darby Crash, played by Shane West, and his band The Germs. Darby Crash, born Jan Paul Beahm, is portrayed as, someone with a lot of problems, that decided to ignore them, and create a music scene out of nothing. You may not approve of the scene he created, as depicted in this film, however, one must respect that he had many things in his way. One of his problems eventually got the best of him and that is shown very effectively in this film.
What We Do is Secret-Trailer
Although, these films are tragic, they do bring back some good memories to me, of my involvement in the early Punk Rock scene, of my native Flint, Michigan. A scene that had its share of good times and tragedies as well. These films may be set in the early Punk scenes of other cities, but they reflect the good and bad times, of many who were involved in early Punk. When I watch them I do so with smiles and tears. I watch them with sadness for those we lost, and with gratitude for the good times we shared and for all those survived the bad times.