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Earlier this week, it was announced that fashion legend Vivienne Westwood will star beside her son, Joe Corré, in a forthcoming documentary. 

Vivienne Westwood takes a stand / Picture Credit: Republic Film Distribution

Vivienne Westwood takes a stand / Picture Credit: Republic Film Distribution

Wake Up Punk is directed by Nigel Askew, and will see its World Premiere light up on March 12th, 2022 at the Glasgow Film Festival ahead of its cinematic release in the UK and Ireland later this year. 

The documentary is set to provide a real and legitimate insight into the punk movement, and will provide a genuine behind-the-scenes look at the true origins of punk. 

Son of punk visionaries, Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, Corré burns around £5 million worth of punk merchandise in the act of protesting the commodification of punk. 

The burning of an era / Picture Credit: Republic Film Distribution

The burning of an era / Picture Credit: Republic Film Distribution

Wake Up Punk sees this action as ‘cultural terrorism’, and takes a look at the questions it raised to explore the life and true to life worth of punk, one of this century’s most vaporous movements. 

The forthcoming documentary blends together the style of a documentary with magical realism, which should work very well to tell the tale intended in this feature. 

Wake Up Punk will also show intimate moments between Westwood’s two sons, Ben and Joe, as they honestly speak about their relationship with McLaren; they also discuss between them stories of the punk era. 

Westwood, through all the music, politics and fashion that has driven the movement to its unfortunate yet unavoidable downfall, gives a brilliant, in-depth and never before heard insight as she notes the decline of punk. 

Westwood hard at work / Picture Credit: Republic Film Distribution

Westwood hard at work / Picture Credit: Republic Film Distribution

Nigel Askew, director of the documentary, said “Wake Up Punk was ignited because of the establishment’s misappropriation of Punk, a fightback from the heart of the movement. ‘Punk was not about music it’s about an attitude to life’. I thought I knew what Punk meant, the journey of making this film revealed to me a whole new insight to the movement, more complex than I could ever have imagined.” 

Wake Up Punk will be in UK and Irish cinemas on May 9th, 2022. 

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal

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