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Lost in America


A rough’n’ready doc about the alternative community within LA’s 80s punk scene.

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USA 1983
Dir Penelope Spheeris
With Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne, Jennifer Clay, Flea, Timothy O’Brien
Certificate 18

After making The Decline of Western Civilization, the definitive documentary of the burgeoning US punk scene, Spheeris teamed up with producer Roger Corman and a cast of non-professionals to expose the generational culture gap within 80s America. Her rough ‘n’ ready but authentically energised film focuses on the various runaway kids who forge an embattled alternative community within LA’s punk scene, one they pointedly call ‘The Rejected.’

Print courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive.


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