NYC Popfest Presents: Big Gold Dream: The Sound of Young Scotland 1977-1985 Screening

May 23, 2016 | 6:00 pm | Central Park | New York, NY | All Ages | FREE!  
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Big Gold Dream: The Sound of Young Scotland 1977-1985 screening
Ten years in the making, Big Gold Dream, the exhaustive documentary on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Post-Punk scene premiered at the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival, winning the Audience Award. The BFI’s Sight and Sound magazine also listed Big Gold Dream as one of its top films of 2015.

A tale never before told; the film’s focus is on trail-blazing Independent record label Fast Product, and its subsidiaries Pop Aural and Earcom. Featuring candid interviews with those behind the scenes, those on the periphery and the main-players – Rezillos, Scars, Fire Engines, Josef K, Dirty Reds, Flowers, Thursdays, Boots For Dancing, Associates, The Twin-Sets, Joy Division and The Human League, and of course the city itself – Edinburgh in the late 1970’s is painted in all its dark and gritty realism.

“Big Gold Dream is rich and fascinating, with interesting characters and musical innovation.” Louder than War

“a must see for any post-punk and indie enthusiast.” Artrocker

“It was always dark in these days; it was kinda like a Post-Punk nuclear winter – I never remember the sun shining – and the mood of the music being made was a very accurate reflection of that – edgy, tough, desperate- sounding, and any hope proffered came with a serrated edge – think Joy Division, PIL, Gang Of Four, The Pop Group, Subway Sect, The Slits, The Fall; that was the soundtrack to our lives then. Those, and a certain New York City compilation called No Wave produced by Brian Eno; an album which was equally harsh, abrasive, and aggressively confrontational, featuring Mars, DNA, Teenage Jesus And The Jerks and most crucially, where we are concerned, James Chance’s Contortions. Chance’s mutant psycho-punk-freeform jazz explorations were about to change the shape of the sound of young Scotland, just as Alan Horne was coining that very phrase to introduce his about to be launched Postcard label. A label which along with Fast Product/Pop Aural would additionally consolidate Scotland’s status in the Post-Punk scheme of things.” State of Play Magazine 2005

This documentary does what no other film on the Scottish music scene has ever done, simply by tracking down those who have never appeared on camera before, and letting them tell their own story about a period woefully neglected by any others who have attempted to tell the tale of Scotland’s incredibly creative music and art scene in the late 70s.

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