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AGE OF RAGE – The Australian Punk Revolution

Through music, archival photos and commentary, we examine how Australian punk ideology transformed Australian lives.

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Impact areas

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

YOUTH & EDUCATION

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Jennifer Ross

  • PRODUCER Jennifer Ross

Synopsis

DURATION: 90 MINUTES

When the first wave of punk broke Australian shores in the 1970’s it was met with a fierce embrace that still reverberates.
Adopted and adapted with fearsome intensity by disenfranchised, pre-globalisation Australian kids against the isolation and cultural vacuity of mainstream Australia, punk was a DIY counterculture - a profound, lived, visceral critique of late 20th century capitalism. Australian punk chose values and agendas that for many have become lifelong.
The revolution full of rage, angst and defiance has evolved. While some still stand at the edges of society; others have re-engaged, bringing their punk values with them.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The aim of the film is to shine a light on the achievements of people who have been overlooked by mainstream society. The objective is to demonstrate that the paths they’ve chosen haven’t been conventional, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been futile or lacking worthwhile outcomes. We will demonstrate that what may have looked like the rage of nihilistic youth has not been worthless. The work of activism and ‘rage’ has continued and evolved in the lives of many of those ‘lost youths’ who have gone on to make a profound impact in their chosen field. Many of them remain committed to the activism of their youth and feel that the punk ethos has continued to inform their work and lifestyle, even if the mohawks and studded jackets are long gone.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

The film aims to reveal a community of people whose stories haven’t been told; people with a passion for human rights and social justice. It’s a diverse and colourful community, a loose social movement, a misunderstood counter-culture lifestyle. They are united by a lifetime’s commitment to activism and a desire to create a more equitable world. Their story has so far been ignored by the mainstream. This film will give voice to the agents of change in the Age of Rage.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

The short term objective is to reveal hidden history which in turn sparks a conversation about the humble beginnings of punk as an underground youth culture which ultimately impacted the wider society with its message of indifference to authority and its DIY approach to artistic pursuits and grass roots activism.

The longer term goal for the film is to see it accepted as an important artefact, accurately and passionately recording a little known Australian sub-culture and community in the same way that A.B. Facey’s ‘A Fortunate Life’ gives the reader insight into a certain time and place in Australian history.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

Yes! Over more than five years of part-time research the filmmakers have tapped into the punk sub-culture all around Australia resulting in a substantial archive that may one day prove to be an important resource for future study and education. The community has coalesced around the “Age of Rage” Facebook page which has 6000 followers. This community who have donated hundreds of videos, photographs and fanzines have a vested interest in having their story told, and so will be a great asset when we are seeking to market the film.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

We believe that although the subject matter is punk, the themes are universal and can potentially reach a broader audience. The audience will learn that the once radical ideas of punk have found their way into wider society through activism, advertising, art and culture. We hope that the stories of the characters in the film will inspire the audience to seek out some of the forgotten music and art – but also draw inspiration from the DIY spirit and commitment to activism.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Short term: Screenings at domestic and international film festivals.
Medium term: To continue building the conversation and sustaining an online platform for the local and international community to congregate.
Long term: Age of Rage could potentially be included in the Australian secondary school curriculum. Additionally, the extensive digital archiving of photos, newspaper clippings, artwork and other documents may prove to be of interest to the Melbourne Museum and the State Library, as well as the Australian Music Vault.

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