Magazine article Screen International

Punk, David Bowie Docs Head to Doc/Fest MeetMarket

Magazine article Screen International

Punk, David Bowie Docs Head to Doc/Fest MeetMarket

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London-based Smoking Bear Productions is at Sheffield Doc/Fest this week with two feature projects in development.

White Riot, about the rise of punk, is being developed with Creative England, who boarded the feature earlier this year following initial discussions at Cannes in 2015.

The film depicts a youth subculture of late 1970s Britain that rose up to tackle the far-right, racist organisation the National Front.

Containing newly unearthed archive footage, the film features performances from bands of the era including The Clash [pictured], Joy Division and The Specials among others.

Producers Ed Gibbs and Rubika Shah of Smoking Bear Productions are in Sheffield seeking potential partners at MeetMarket (June 13-14), which this year sees a total of 64 filmmaker teams from around the world pitch to international and UK decision makers for research, development and production funding.

Separately, Film London is funding a short version of the project, White Riot: London, which will focus on the same subject exclusively in the nation's capital and will act as a companion piece to the feature. …

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