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These films are 'information for action' - to inspire or inform you to get involved in the issues covered in them, produced in Brighton by SchMOVIES (apart from a couple). If you are involved in DIY video and have films you'd like to put here, get in contact. Listed below are the most recent films - see the rest in the category list on the lefthand column
To play these movies SchMOVIES recommends the free/open-source Videolan VLC media player, free to download at www.videolan.org
This second volume of the Raiders compilation includes the final films and footage which had been confiscated for up to eighteen months by police following the raid of a SchMOVIES film-maker in June 2009.
Presented here, amongst others, is the film that instigated the raid in the first place, Batons nBombs, as well as others covering the dramatic conclusion to the EDO Decommissioners trial, the rise and fall of the much-loved Lewes Road Community Garden in Brighton, several recent actions from UK Uncut and more. Once again we have three SchMUSIC vids as well - big thanks to all the bands who contributed.
Available Now - £6 incl P&P
SchMOVIES presents a screening of WELL DONE, NOW SOD OFF! The Chumbawamba documentary.
Introduced by special guest speaker and former band member: DUNSTAN BRUCE.
This is the potted and often hilarious history of the anarcho-punk-pop-media pranksters that are... Chumbawamba.
The documentary includes footage and interviews from the last two decades as they retrace the early days of communal living and involvement in the miners' strike of 84-85, their survival through the Thatcher years and a barrage of bad press, surfacing in the nineties wiser but unrepentant.
This is the unlikely tale of a band who spent more time shoplifting than jamming and somehow managed to scrape a living from making radical music in a conservative culture.
As A&R men reminisce about the band refusing to accept anything but the money from the record company, Chumbawamba emerge as a groupof anarchist pranksters who are both loved and loathed in equal measures.
With an uncanny knack of upsetting people and 'shooting themselves in the foot' they surprised themselves and the rest of the world by selling 5 million albums in America. Tagged 'One Hit Wonders' they ensured they'd never be invited.
Former band member Dunstan Bruce, will be taking questions after...
Wed 30th November, 8pm. Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton, Donation of £3
SchMOVIES presents SCENES FROM A TEENAGE KILLING...
In 2009, 45 teenagers were killed by violence in Britain. Here are their names and some of their stories....
Bafta-winning director Morgan Matthews's landmark film exploring the impact of teenage killings on families and communities across Britain, an emotional journey that chronicles every teenager who died as a result of violence in 2009 in the UK.
Harrowing actuality filmed in the immediate aftermath combines with moving testimony from the spectrum of people affected in the wake of violent death. Filmed over eighteen months, this epic documentary is one of the most ambitious films to date about youth violence.
The film questions society's attitudes towards young people while probing the meaning behind terminology such as 'gang violence' or 'gang-related' often used in connection with teenage killings. It reveals the reality of the teenage murder toll across one year, connecting the viewer with the people behind the headlines and the emotional consequences of violent death. Differing perspectives from families, friends, passers-by and the police are explored with intimacy and depth. Together they reflect the collective impact of a teenage killing on an entire community.
Traveling the length and breadth of Britain, the film meets people of different religion, race and class. It tells the story of Shevon Wilson, whose misreported murder divided a community; the teenage girl who discovered she was pregnant to her boyfriend shortly after he was stabbed to death; the nurse who fought to save a dying teenager who was stabbed outside her home; and the outspoken East End twins who lost a mother and daughter in the same attack.
Scenes from a Teenage Killing is a poignant and brutal reminder of the needless waste of young potential.
Monday 5th December, @ The Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton, 8pm, Free
Dir: Morgan Matthews, Running Time: 2 hrs
SchMOVIES presents PUNK:ATTITUDE The first of this years monthly punk screenings..
Punk: Attitude is a documentary on the history of punk rock in the USA and UK. The film traces the different styles of punk from their roots in 60s garage and psychedelic bands (Count Five, the Stooges) through glam-punk (New York Dolls) to the 70s New York and London scenes and into the hardcore present. Interviews with many of the musicians are edited with live clips and historical footage.
The film begins showing the roots of punk music with many views on various artists and genres who accentuated the beginning of the genre, like the MC5 and the Velvet Underground. Punk: Attitude then proceeds chronologically to sort through the various artists and alumni who were central to the movement, drawing light on the general idea or "Attitude" of the punk movement, which spoke out for a generation. Bands such as The Ramones, The Stooges, The Clash and The Sex Pistols feature prominently throughout. The movie offers a canvas of praise and respect given from many interviewees as these bands are heralded commonly as the beginning of Punk progressively through the movie. Rare concert footage and personal accounts of gigs and band meetings highlight the aggression and destructive entities with surprising accuracy. The movie wraps up by emphasizing the influence that punk has on modern music.
SchMOVIES punk documentary screenings are on the last Wed of each month at the Cowley Club click on www.schnews.org.uk/schmovies for listings.
Free/Donation Dir: Don Letts, 2005 (90 mins)
SchMOVIES presents an archive screening of LIFE IN THE FAST LANE - The No M11 Story
This feature length documentary presents the inside story of the No M11 Campaign, recounting 15 months of direct action against one of the most controversial schemes in the history of British road-building.
1994. London. On the rooftops of Claremont Road, 300 protesters waited for the start of what was to become the most extraordinary eviction in British history. Nearby, two diggers stood poised to demolish the last remaining houses in the path of the M11 Link Road. By 1:30 pm a convoy of 120 vehicles containing 700 police and 400 private security guards had arrived in the area. By 2 pm Operation Garden Party had begun....
Drawing on personal testimony and nearly 200 hours of front-line footage, LIFE IN THE FAST LANE features the battle for Wanstead's George Green, and the subsequent eviction of its 250 year- old Sweet Chestnut tree. It re-lives the days of the Independent Free Area of Wanstonia, and highlights the celebrated rooftop protests at Westminster and the home of the then Transport Secretary, John MacGreggor. Against a backdrop of growing resistance to the Criminal Justice Act it charts the emergence of CLAREMONT ROAD as an extraordinary symbol of cultural defience, and for the first time tells the story of what became the most expensive eviction in British history.
Featuring the music of The Levellers, Zion Train and The Clash, this film is a celebration of dignity in the face of oppression, providing a lasting testament to the strength of people-power and the resilience of community spirit.
"Excellent..." JOHN PILGER
"Brilliant. It both inspired me and gave me a much needed boost in energy and commitment." STEVE PLATT, New Statesman
"The struggle of people against power, is the struggle of memory against forgetting." MILAN KUNDERA
Dir: Mayyasa Al-Malazi & Neil Goodwin, (85mins)
SchMOVIES presents an evening of psychedelic space rock with THIS IS HAWKWIND DO NOT PANIC - The Documentary...
Also with special guest speaker NIK TURNER (vocalist, sax and flute from Hawkwind)
Nik will be introducing the film and taking questions after.
The inside story of Hawkwind, one of Britain's wildest acid rock bands. Emerging from the Ladbroke Grove underground at the end of the 60s, the band trailed radicalism and counter-culture in their wake, and have been a direct influence on punk, metal, dance and rave.
Includes interviews with some of the band's enduring legends, including bassist Lemmy, writer Michael Moorcock, founder members Terry Ollis, Nik Turner and Mick Slattery, and former managers Doug Smith and Jeff Dexter.
Suggested donation of £4 to cover travel expenses.
BBC4 (60 mins)
SchMOVIES goes punk conspiracy with this surprising slice of punk investigative journalism...
The Guardian - 20/1/09
On October 12th 1978 New York Police discovered the lifeless body of a 20 year-old woman, slumped under the bathroom sink in a hotel room. She was dressed in her underwear and had bled to death from a stab wound.
The woman was Nancy Spungen, an ex-prostitute, sometimes stripper, heroin addict, and girlfriend of Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious.
In a trial by tabloid newspapers Vicious was pronounced guilty before noon the following day. But the case never had the chance to be brought to trial, and a number of New York cops weren't convinced. Less than six months later in a flat in New York's Greenwich Village, Sid, himself aged only 21, died of a heroin overdose.
For the next 28 years the assumption was that Sid did it - case closed. Over time, the death of Sid and Nancy has passed into rock legend and has only added to the controversial and notorious image of the Sex Pistols and punk music.
At the request of Sid's mother, who committed suicide in 1996, rock author and punk expert Alan Parker has devoted himself to discovering what really happened in room 100. Parker has re-interviewed 182 people, re-examined NYPD evidence, and gone back to his original interviews with Sid's mother.
with interviews including Glen Matlock, Don Letts, Alan Jones, Peter Kodick, Steve 'Roadent' Connolly, John 'Boogie' Tiberi, Simone Stenfors, Alan Parker, Steve Walsh, Steve Dior, George X, John Holmstrom, Eileen Polk and Howie Pyro.
Dir Alan.G Parker, 2010 (90mins)
This DVD features a number of films which were held by Sussex police for over a year following the raid and confiscation of all SchMOVIES equipment during an intelligence gathering operation in June 2009 related to the Smash EDO campaign.
The films in this collection include demonstrations against the Israeli bombing of Gaza in early 2009, the EDO Decommissioners trial, Smash EDO protests and more direct action on the south coast... PLUS music clips of some of the bands who have performed at recent SchNEWS/SchMOVIES benefit gigs including Brighton's finest and perennial festival fave 'Tragic Roundabout'.
much loved Lewes Rd Community Garden in Brighton finally get it's day in court.
After a year this guerilla garden is under threat from developers who want to
turn the land into another TESCOs and a betting shop. This was stage one of their
Short reportage of day one of the Decommisonners trial, where nine activists are on trial for smashing up the Brighton based bomb component factoty, EDO/ITT in Januray 2009. The trial is not so much if they are guilty but if EDO/ITT are guilty of illegally arming the Israeli military...
The frankly barmy March For England returns to the streets of Brighton to celebrate St Georges Day but this year is infiltrated by the English Defence League.
reportage of a recent incident at the bomb component making factory EDO/ITT in
Brighton during one of the regular weekly noise demos. Just goes to show how much
a few bods and a camera can pile on the pressure...
See also www.smashedo.org.uk
Documenting the creation of the Lewes Rd Community Garden in
Brighton which was squatted on the site of a disused ESSO garage by local residents
in June 2009. The occupation is ongoing despite TESCOs claiming the land and wanting
to build another store there... !!
The campaign to shut down the Brighton based bomb component factory takes to the streets in this whistle stop march of the companies and institutions that support ITT/EDO.
For more coverage on the Smash EDO campaign see www.smashedo.org
A new collection of twelve SchMOVIES covering the Smash EDO/ITT's campaign efforts to shut down the Brighton based bomb factory since the company sought its draconian injunction against protesters in 2005. This series of films illustrate what lengths EDO and Sussex Police will go to stop the campaign and how Smash EDO hit back.
Or send cheques for the above amount made to 'Justice' to the address at the bottom of this page...
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Reportage from one of the big London marches and the civil disobedience and outrage that followed when Israel bombed the Gaza strip massacring hundreds during late 2008-Jan 2009.
Another film the cops took
in the raid (see SchNEWS
680). The Brighton leg of solidarity marches for the Gaza people being bombed
to hell by Israel at the start of 2009.
WARNING! This film does contain some graphic Gaza casualty footage!
One of the SchMOVIES
that Sussex Police took away in the raid (see SchNEWS
680). Reportage from the second mass nationwide demo against the bomb component
making EDO/ITT factory in Brighton. The film is also meant to act as a kind of
caution for those that put political direct action films up on the web without
checking the content through first...SchMOVIES are routinely downloaded by the
Police...for our own protection of course... so Watch ITT!!!
Films on this DVD include... The saga of On The verge the film they tried to ban, the Newhaven anti-incinerator campaign, Forgive us our trespasses - as squatters take over an abandoned Brighton church, Titnore Woods update, protests against BNP festival and more...
Update at Titnore Woods Protest Camp in Worthing now in it's third year where the forces of darkness want to trash ancient woodland to build a new housing development and another bloody Tescos.
click here to download - 4:29 min, mpg1 format, 34 meg, September 2008.
The far-right British National Party held their second festival (yes, that's right the BNP hold festivals now) in Derbyshire in August 2008. Only one person turned up last year to protest against this fascist festival - this year, however, was a different story.
click here to download - 8:07 min, mpg1 format, 61 meg, August 2008.
With democratic resistance thwarted and the go ahead given for the Newhaven Incinerator to be built, the campaign to stop this monstrous toxic facility is stepped up.
click here to download - 8:40 min, mpg1 format, 66 meg, July 2008.
Campaign website - http://stopincinerationnownetwork.wordpress.com
charity is put to the test when squatters occupy a disused church on London Rd,
Brighton as part of a global days of action for squats and autonomous spaces.
click here to download - 9:43 min, mpg1 format, 61 meg, May/July 2008.
Coverage of 'Red Wednesday', Smash EDO's mass nationwide mobilisation against the Brighton bomb making factory, recently taken over by nazi scumbags ITT. With a large turnout and a minimal police presence no one was sure what to expect.... and it turns out nor did the police.
click here to download - 16.20 min, mpg1 format, 123 meg, July 2008.
For report on 'Red Wednesday', see SchNEWS 634
For more about Smash EDO see www.smashedo.org.uk
Verging On The Ridiculous
SchMOVIE about the Smash EDO campaign gets suppressed.
The story of the nationwide police suppression of On The Verge, firstly at its Brighton premiere and then as it toured around the country.
click here to download - 8:22min, mpg format, 65 meg, March 2008.
See Showstoppers in SchNEWS 625, also www.schnews.org.uk/schmovies/index-on-the-verge.htm
On The Verge - OUT NOW
Order the DVD. £6 incl. postage, with profits going to the Smash EDO Campaign. Send a cheque written to 'Justice' to the address below, and paypal will be set up shortly - promise.
Bit Torrent - Download the whole 90 minute film in fairly good quality (900meg mpg). To start the download click here and it will open in your bit torrent program. If you haven't got one, get the free open source Azureus.
The Verge Trailer
for the full-length Smash EDO campaign film.
On The Verge tells the story of one of the most persistent and imaginative direct action campaigns to emerge out of the UK's anti-war movement.
click here to download trailer - 1.30 min, MPEG1 format, 37.8meg, Dec 2007.
* For updates about On The Verge and release information click here
Smash EDO Tour March-June 2008
EDO campaign has begun a tour of the UK and screening On The Verge
- the new full length Smash EDO SchMOVIES film - at every venue. The tour will
give those involved in the campaign the chance to discuss tactics, get feedback,
and organise for the future.
This is the third SchMOVIES DVD collection featuring short direct action films produced by SchMOVIES in 2007, covering Hill Of Tara Protests, Smash EDO, Naked Bike Ride, The No Borders Camp at Gatwick, Class War plus many others.
Get a copy now...
or, send a cheque written out to 'Justice' to the address at the bottom of the page...
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Click here to download the trailer - (1.30mins, MPEG1 format, 16.2meg, Dec 2007)
For Video Activist
SchMOVIES DVD Collection 2006
The pick of the SchMOVIES produced in 2006, covering events across the UK such as the Smash EDO campaign, protest camps at Titnore Woods and Shepton Mallet, the Camp For Climate Action, anti-war demos at Parliament Square in the face of SOPCA laws, community resistance to the M74 motorway in Glasgow, and more... One theme that runs through these films is the blatant use of a 'political police force' to protect corporations and war criminals rather than uphold the law. But despite this, people are prepared to take direct action and not let a police state goosestep in. Remember... People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
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Crap Arrest Copper
Here it is - that 'crap arrest' moment we've been searching for for ten years - courtesy of a friendly copper at the 2005 Big Green Gathering...
Here To Download (approx 30 secs, 1.3meg, Quicktime format, August 2005)
PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW - £6 (including P&P) Contact the SchNEWS Office 01273 685913 or email
An eclectic collection spanning the G8 protests in Scotland this year, the SMASH EDO campaign (with Mark Thomas), the CRE8 Summit and MAD PRIDE to name a few. These are high resolution screening copies of some of the best SchMOVIES of 2005 (including some which not on this website) There are plenty of extras which also include a SchNEWS at DSEI special.
Buy this and help keep SchNEWS free.
If you have footage of recent demos or positive projects on the go get in touch with us. We can't promise to give all of them a SchNEWS film treatment but we'll have a go. Contact us on the link below.
For comments about these films please contact SchNEWS
On The Verge
- the Smash EDO campaign film
V For Video Activist - SchMOVIES DVD Collection 2006
OUT NOW - £6 (including P&P). Contact the SchNEWS Office 01273 685913 or email
SchMOVIES DVD - 2005
£6 (including P&P) Contact the SchNEWS Office 01273 685913 or email
SchNEWS At Ten - The Movie
A rollocking 74 minute journey through ten years of party and protest.
Click here to view the trailer (1.20min, 4meg, quicktime format)
Available now for a fiver including p&p click here.