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BBFC RatingJohn T. Davis' Punk Trilogy

CertificateNot Rated
Director(s)John T. Davis
Running Time1HR 45MINS
SeasonPeripheral Visions: John T. Davis

Three films from master documentarian John T. Davis which document the actual men, music and mayhem of Ulster punk in the late 1970s.

John T. Davis is internationally recognised as Northern Ireland’s most distinctive documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. To mark his 70th birthday on March 7th, 2017, and in recognition of his over 40 years of filmmaking, QFT is mounting a retrospective of his work.

Shellshock Rock captures and mirrors the rough aesthetic of the punk scene with much of the filming carried out in dingy bars, clubs and in Terri Hooley’s Good Vibrations record shop. It features the music of Protex, The Undertones, Rudi, The Outcasts and Stiff Little Fingers. (1979, 50 mins)

Protex Hurrah: Davis meets Belfast band Protex on a US tour in 1980. They are captured in playful mode as they mingle with the crowds during the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and later that night they perform at New York’s Hurrah Club. (1980, 15 mins)

Self-Conscious Over You: In this sequel to Shellshock Rock, Davis captures the joyful concert organised by Good Vibration Records at the Ulster Hall in April 1980 when almost 1,800 people crammed in to enjoy local band The Outcasts. (1981, 40 mins)

The screening will be introduced by John T. Davis.


Part One of Peripheral Visions: John T. Davis, A Retrospective also includes:

John T. Davis In Conversation

Power in the Blood/Dust on the Bible (double bill)


The Uncle Jack


Peripheral Visions continues at QFT in April. Discover more about the work of John T. Davis here.

This season is presented in partnership with Film Hub NI. Special thanks to Northern Ireland Screen, the Irish Film Institute, Peter Strain and Yellowmoon.

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