Poster for Rude Boy

Rude Boy

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Director: David Mingay, Jack Hazan Run Time: 133 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1980

Starring: Jimmy Pursey, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon, Ray Gange, Topper Headon

New Uncut Restoration!

Jack Hazan and David Mingay’s RUDE BOY follows on the heels of A Bigger Splash, their intimate observation of painter David Hockney’s artistic and personal struggles. Once again merging documentary and fiction, RUDE BOY follows roughneck Ray Gange as he drops his Soho sex-shop job to roadie for The Clash—the most fiery, revolutionary rock ’n’ roll band of the era, seen in this film at the dizzying peak of their powers. Ray, a difficult, sometimes reactionary subject and a foil to the band’s idealism, plays observer to The Clash’s legendary 1978 Rock Against Racism concert in London’s Victoria Park and their studio recording of Give ’Em Enough Rope. Set against a background of riots, racist and anti-racist demos, and police hostility towards Black British youth, this unforgettable, absorbing film portraits a UK on the brink of Thatcherism, and a moment when subcultural shock troops met those of a rising right wing in the streets. – Metrograph

Seldom seen in the U.S. in its original length, The Brattle is thrilled to be showing this legendary punk film in a brand-new, uncut, digital restoration!

The restoration, grading, and remastering of Rude Boy was produced by Mark Rance for Watchmaker Films, London. The audio was restored and remastered by Matt Bainbridge at Blue Cat Productions, London. The restoration process was supervised and the final masters were approved by Jack Hazan.

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