Our next film screening happens tomorrow at DIY Space For London! Heavy Load is a film about the punk band of the same name from Brighton. One of those great bands that not only shouted about injustices but also did something about it by starting a charity supporting people with learning disabilities to have the right to a social life – Stay Up Late.
The film critic Mark Kermode recently made a short on his favourite music documentaries of the 21st century where he said “If Heavy Load isn’t in your top 5 music documentaries of the 21st century I’m not interested!”
All info below…
Tuesday 6th December 2016
at DIY Space For London, 96-108 Ormside Street, SE15 1TF
Screening at 8:15pm
Night runs until 11pm
£4 in advance / £5 on the door / carers free
Flat access / Accessible toilets
Full access info: diyspaceforlondon.org/
Travel instructions from South Bermondsey Station
Travel instructions from Old Kent Road/Ilderton Road
Constant Flux & DIY Space For London are proud to present a screening of Heavy Load.
The film was the inspiration for the film-makers of our previous screening – The Punk Syndrome. Heavy Load is about the Brighton punk band of the same name, Lewes’ answer to the Ramones, a punk outfit subject to the inflammatory mix of ego, fantasy, and desire that fuels any emerging band.
Made up of musicians with and without learning disabilities, making the bands survival a precarious negotiation between two different worlds: on the one hand the institutional timetable of day centres, work placements and social workers; on the other the chaotic slacker life of rehearsal rooms, studios and gigs.
Shot over two years as the band record their first album The Queen Mothers Dead, the film is a comedy of conflicting ambitions, capturing the sweat and romance of playing in a band as they move out of the ghetto of disability club nights to test whether their dreams can survive in the mainstream.
It also charts the emergence of the charity they set-up to combat the lack of support for people with learning disabilities to have active social lives – Stay Up Late – which is celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary this year! Check out the amazing work they do here – www.stayuplate.org