By Brendan Lee
Sid and Nancy (1986)
Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Sid Vicious will forever remain unrivalled, with Chloe Webb’s, Nancy, the perfect counterbalance in this tragic depiction of Sex Pistols lore. The film was directed by Alex Cox, and shot in all its filthy glory by legendary cinematographer, Roger Deakins.
Hardcore Logo (1996)
This Canadian cult-classic, Directed by Bruce MacDonald, takes a hilarious mockumentary look at the highs and lows of life on the punk rock road. It’s mandatory viewing as a Canadian, and, like nearly all punk rock tales, the film goes out with a definitive bang.
SLC Punk! (1998)
If 80s punk and quirky 90s filmmaking had an awkward yet beautiful love-child, we’d call it SLC Punk. The film features a young Jason Segel, and tells the story of two nerds turned punks who rebel against all of society’s evil forces.
A film that wholly encapsulated the gritty, frenetic, thrash of the lifestyle that punk offered a generation of misfit runaways. Music-loving director Penelope Spheeris went the extra mile and cast real life street kids and young punk musicians, one of whom turned out to be Flea, longtime bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Another State of Mind (1984)
Look no further for a better broken window into the early 80s DIY punk scene than this gritty documentary. The film follows Social Distortion and Youth Brigade in 1982 as the two bands crash, bang, and claw their way across an inaugural cross-country tour of America.