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The El Duce Tapes

Assembled from a treasure trove of archive VHS footage, the wild story of punk rock’s most outrageous provocateur is not for the faint of heart.

Dir-Scr Rodney Ascher, David Lawrence, Ryan Sexton.
Prod Tim Kirk
USA
2019
106min
Prod Co New City Road

Typically seen sporting an executioner’s hood, Eldon Hoke, or El Duce as he was more commonly known, was the lead singer of Seattle DIY punk outfit The Mentors – a grossly offensive shock rock band who gained notoriety in the late 1980s/early 90s for their staggeringly unpleasant lyrics and scandalous onstage antics. At the peak of El Duce’s infamy, daytime soap actor Ryan Sexton spent countless hours documenting the daily shenanigans of this self-appointed enfant terrible, leaving behind a bounty of VHS footage. Three decades later, Rodney Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare) and David Lawrence have pieced together a fascinating portrait of an often-inscrutable man, which doesn’t seek to redeem him, but to question whether his incendiary persona was an act of hateful propagation or political subversion.

Michael Blyth

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This is a 18+ screening.

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