Girl Gang Film Season


Look out as radical gangs of girls congregate on the streets of Newcastle-upon-Tyne this coming September. 

Local DIY queer underground promoter even clean hands cause damage and the Star & Shadow cinema proudly present a season of films that focus on rebellious Girl Gangs.

From punk rockers, skateboarders and teenage runaways, to feminists, queers & dykes the season will focus on moments where the radical relationships and creative projects between women, girls and queers are made visible by independent ‘insiders’ and commercial ‘outsiders’.

The season starts on Sunday 2 September with a special double bill that includes Lou Adler’s infamous Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains and the lesser known underground film David Markey’s Desperate Teenage Lovedolls both introduced by Dr. Julia Downes (Durham University).

This is followed by a very special evening with renowned Canadian underground queer film-maker GB Jones (6 September). The evening will feature a triple screening of The Yo-Yo Gang, The Troublemakers and The Lollipop Generation followed by a phone Q&A with GB Jones herself.

Controversies in the representation of lesbianism in 1980s film culture will be discussed by Dr. Katherine Farrimond (Newcastle University) in the screening of queer-punk mainstay Times Square (9 Sept)

On 13 September, the season will conclude with From the Back of the Room, an independent documentary that looks back at over 30 years of women and girls involvement in underground punk culture and brings the story up to the present day. A Skype Q&A with director Amy Oden will give the audience opportunity to ask where now for radical girl gangs?


ON THE NIGHT - Tickets for the Girl Gang Film Season cost £5 or £3.50 concessions.

ADVANCE TICKETS - £4.50 or £3 concessions here


We are offering a special Girl Gang pass that will give you access to all 4 screenings of the season, for only £12 and £8 (conc) + You get a free mini-zine and a free mix-CD with it! If you show a confirmation of your purchase, you can collect your pass on any of the screenings of the season from the door. LINK: 


Other Girl Gang happenings of note this September (although NOT at the Star & Shadow) include:

Going Underground? Gender & Subcultures Symposium, Northumbria University, Fri 7 Sept. Registration fee: £25 (before 1 August) £45 (after 1 August)

Going Underground? After-party: Silver Fox, Milky Wimpshake, Rexine, No Fit State and the Casual Terrorist at The Cumberland Arms, Byker. Fri 7 Sept, 8pm, £5 on the door

Films in the Girl Gang Film Season:


Film: Ladies & Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains + Desperate Teenage Lovedolls (Double Bill)

2 Sep 2012, 7:30 p.m.

girl gang double bill season opener


Film: An Evening With Gb Jones (Triple Bill: The Yo-Yo Gang, The Troublemakers & The Lollipop Generation)

6 Sep 2012, 7:30 p.m.

gb jones triple bill & Q&A


Film: Times Square (Introduced By Dr. Katherine Farrimond)

9 Sep 2012, 7:30 p.m.


Film: From The Back Of The Room (+ Skype Q&A With Amy Oden)

13 Sep 2012, 7:30 p.m.

rad documentary about what DIY punk women are still doing now