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Arthouse takes on punk! Derek Jarman got endless stick from the likes of Siouxsie Sioux and Vivienne Westwood over this spit-drainingly pretentious homage to the anarchists of Callaghan’s Britain. Jenny ‘Final Programme’ Runacre, Toyah, Little Nell and Adam Ant are among the ‘clammy slags’ indulging in squalid polythene sex and dumping agents of The Man in the Thames while a time-hopping Elizabeth I (Runacre again) looks on aghast. Buckingham Palace becomes a recording studio, and Westminster Abbey a knocking shop, amongst various other bits of brick-subtle satirical business. Still, there’s visual interest of a sort in the bombed-out Docklands locations and, er, Toyah’s orange body warmer.

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  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Kim Newman in his book ‘Nightmare Movies’ alludes to a graphic castration scene perfomed by Toyah on an unfortunate policeman. Does such a scene exist? I’ve seen this shambles on telly and on DVD and although you get the idea that a hasty cock-removal is indeed happening, there’s absolutely nothing graphic or gruesome about it, it’s just amateur theatricals on 16mm.

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