To celebrate the anniversary of the Rock Against Racism march from Trafalgar Square and concert in Victoria Park on 30 April 1978, we are hosting with a Living Room Q&A on Curzon Home Cinema on 30 April 8.30pm with Mark Kermode, director Rubika Shah and a few guest musicians. You can stream the film here for a limited time only (29 April - 3 May). Catch it while you can!
Starring Red Saunders, Dennis Bovell, Mykaell Riley, and Pauline Black. Featuring The Clash, Tom Robinson Band, Steel Pulse, X-Ray Spex and Alien Kulture.
Expanding her 2017 short, Rubika Shah’s energising film charts a vital London protest movement. Rock Against Racism (RAR) was formed in 1976, prompted by ‘music’s biggest colonialist’ Eric Clapton and his support of racist MP Enoch Powell.
'White Riot' blends fresh interviews with queasy archive footage to recreate a hostile environment of anti-immigrant hysteria and National Front marches. As Neo-Nazis recruited the nation’s youth, RAR’s multicultural punk and reggae gigs provided rallying points for resistance. As founder Red Saunders explains: ‘We peeled away the Union Jack to reveal the swastika’. The campaign grew from Hoxton fanzine roots to 1978’s huge antifascist carnival in Victoria Park, featuring X-Ray Spex, Steel Pulse and of course The Clash, whose rock star charisma and gale-force conviction took RAR’s message to the masses.
Photo credit: Syd Shelton
“An engaging historical story with timely contemporary echoes” - The Hollywood Reporter
“A thrilling, incendiary look at punk’s influence on politics” The Film Stage
“Highly engaging and suddenly very relevant…the treasure trove of archive is variously appalling and inspiring” - Screen International