Rebel Reel presents The Alternative Jubilee18

Rebel Reel presents The Alternative Jubilee

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  • Thu 2 Jun
  • 120 minutes
  • Director: Derek Jarman
  • Cast: Adam Ant, Toyah Willcox, Jordan, Jenny Runacre, Jayne County


Rebel Reel Cine Club x Rio Alternative Jubilee

Come and celebrate on Thursday 2nd June from 5pm

With Martin Green DJing before and a very special pre-screening show In tribute to the iconic Jordan, our true Britannia!

Jubilee was one of the first films to screen at the newly opened Rio in 1979, the UK's first community run cinema founded by a disparate group of local east end punks, feminists, dreamers and queers, an anti-establishment utopian space which it remains to this day

Selected shorts and music videos from 1977/ 78

Derek Jarman’s Jubilee – a right royal knees-up!

First 100 tickets £15.33 (Queen Bess’s year of birth) then £19.77

Derek Jarman’s Jubilee, the 1978 Cult Punk film that portrayed the physical moral decay of London and set at the time of the Queens 1977 Silver Jubilee.

Stuart Jefferies wrote about how it all came about for The Guardian -

“When Adam Ant met Derek Jarman on the King's Road, the blood still hadn't congealed. Only a few minutes before, the future self-styled dandy highwayman had been lying face down in a woman's bedroom while she carved the word "fuck" into his back with a razor blade. "I had been looking at a lot of tribal books when the idea came to me - particularly People of Kau by Leni Riefenstahl," recalls Ant in his autobiography Stand and Deliver. "This was a rite of passage for the warrior and I had decided that I wanted to be one." Apparently, it didn't hurt much.

The woman who slashed Ant's back was Jordan - not the one who made Peter Andre her ankle bracelet, but the other one, a punk style-icon who was a fixture at early Sex Pistols gigs. After she cut his back, Jordan put the kettle on and made him a cup of tea. Then he went out for a walk with a leather jacket slung over his shoulder and the fresh air stinging his wound. He had been thinking of calling his new band Fuck, but in the end plumped for the tamer Adam and the Ants. It was the spring of 1977.

A few hundred yards down the road a very bubbly character ran up to me. He had short-cropped black hair, piercing eyes and a cut-glass upper-class accent. He said he was a director and would I like to be in his film Jubilee, all the while beaming a cheeky smile at me. This became bigger when I told him I had a band and that he should talk to Jordan too. He told me he had already cast her in the leading role."

Britain's first punk film was inspired by a gay man's obsession with this provocatively dressed woman. Derek Jarman had first seen Jordan at Victoria station and described her in his diary. "White patent boots clattering down the platform, transparent plastic miniskirt revealing a hazy pudenda. Venus T-shirt. Smudged black eye-paint, covered with a flaming blonde beehive ... the face that launched a thousand tabloids ... art history as makeup." Jordan (real name Pamela Rooke) worked in the King's Road boutique run by clothes designer Vivienne Westwood and the impresario Malcolm McLaren, who managed the Sex Pistols.

Originally, Jarman wanted to make a Super 8 film of Jordan, but in the spring of 1977, he decided to do something more ambitious. He decided to make a film about punk, and he started rounding up likely actors from west London's punk scene, including Ant (real name Stuart Goddard), who then was - as his appearance in Jubilee discloses - an exceptionally beautiful boy…


Music and drinks from 5pm

Doors to cinema open 6pm

Pre-screening entertainment from 6.15pm