UK premieres for Damned documentary

The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead, filmmaker Wes Orshoski’s documentary of British punk pioneers The Damned will make its European premiere on 3rd June in London at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square.

Damned founders Rat Scabies and Brian James will join Orshoski for post-film Q&As at both of the Prince Charles Cinema screenings (6 p.m. & 9 p.m.). The European/U.K. premiere at the Prince Charles launches two weeks of exclusive screenings across the U.K. The June 4th screening at the Arthouse in London’s Crouch End will feature a Q&A with Rat Scabies, while former Damned bassists Paul Gray and Bryn Merrick will appear in the post-film chat during the June 8th event at Chapter Arts in Cardiff. Brian James and current Damned keyboardist Monty Oxymoron will appear in Q&As following the Brighton screenings on June 10th at Duke’s at Komedia.

The authorized film features appearances by Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Mick Jones (The Clash), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead), Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat/Fugazi), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), actor/comedian Fred Armisen, and more.

It charts the band’s unique history and bitter infighting; it captures the band in the midst of a 35th anniversary tour in 2011 which estranged former members Rat Scabies and Brian James answered with their own anniversary tour. Meanwhile other former members reunite in the unlikeliest of places—a Welsh cancer ward; elsewhere, members of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Melvins, T.S.O.L., Buzzcocks, Adverts and the Offspring detail the Damned’s role in setting fire to the dinosaur rock of the 1970s while sparking the punk movement in America.

June 3, London, Prince Charles Cinema, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.*
June 4, London, Arthouse at Crouch End, 8:30 p.m.
June 5, Leeds, Hyde Park Picture House, 8:00 p.m.
June 6, Manchester, HOME, 8:10 p.m.
June 7, Leicester, Phoenix Square, 1 p.m.
June 7, Sheffield, Odeon 8/Sheffield Doc Fest, 8:30 p.m.
June 8, Cardiff, Chapter Arts , 8:15 p.m.**
June 9, Liverpool, Picturehouse at FACT, 8:15 p.m.
June 10, Brighton, Duke’s at Komedia, 5:45 p.m., 8:40 p.m.***
June 11, Newcastle, Tyneside Cinema, 5:45 p.m.
June 12, Edinburgh, Filmhouse, 8:30 p.m.
June 13, Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre, 8 p.m.
June 14, Birmingham, The Electric Cinema, 8:30 p.m.
June 15-18, Dundee, DCA, TBD
June 19, Lancaster, Duke’s Lancaster, 8:15 p.m.
June 20, Lancaster, Duke’s Lancaster, 5:45 p.m.

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