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London Short Film Festival 2020

LSFF: Penelope Spheeris Shorts

Enjoy these rule-breaking shorts from the director of Wayne’s World and The Decline of the Western Civilization.

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Total runtime 74min

Before the success of Wayne’s World and the punk investigations of The Decline of the Western Civilization trilogy, Penelope Spheeris established herself as a deeply radical and ambitious filmmaker. Screening on restored 16mm prints from the Academy Archive, this cross-section of her early short films reveal a rule-breaking talent concerned with contemporary life, authoritarian regimes, trans relationships and a desire to reclaim the female body.

Synthesis, Penelope Spheeris, USA, 1968, 8min
Shit, Penelope Spheeris, USA, 1969, 3min
The National Rehabilitation Center, Penelope Spheeris, USA, 1969, 12min
I Don’t Know, Penelope Spheeris, USA, 1970, 20min
Bath, Penelope Spheeris, USA, 1968, 6min
Hats off to Hollywood, Penelope Spheeris, USA, 1972, 25min


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