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WIN! A Down & Dirty T-Shirt

To celebrate the wide re-release of Bette Gordon’s Variety in UK cinemas as part of the Cinema RedisoveredDown & Dirty: American D.I.Y. Restored strand, we have one large Down & Dirty t-shirt to give away!

Presented as a part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, a Watershed project with support from BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery and MUBI, the Down & Dirty strand also includes Juliet Bashore’s queer docufiction Kamikaze Hearts, Beth B.’s anarchic comic satire Salvation!, and Cauleen Smith‘s coming-of-age Drylongso. This potent selection of post-punk US underground films is a celebratory exploration of independent cinema, with Variety enjoying a great number of screenings across the UK throughout August – including two with Bette Gordon in attendance for Q&As.

For your chance to win the Down & Dirty strand t-shirt designed by Sebastian Robles (@sebsmakesart), simply answer this question:

Who stars as Christine in Variety?

  1. Bette Gordon
  2. Sandy McLeod
  3. Nan Goldin


Competition Ends: 28th August 2023


The punk and ‘no wave’ movements of the late 70s cut a noisy if brief swathe through the pretensions of the increasingly corporatised contemporary music scene. Emerging from the physical and cultural decay of downtown NYC, the punk scene combined an aggressive rejection of canonical and popular taste with an enthusiastic D.I.Y. approach – producing works that defied categorisation, defiled the audience and despised convention. This fuelled a renewed energy in both East and West coast underground scenes, spurring a rush of low-budget filmmaking, loaded with irony-rich critique.

This strand of restorations explores the impact of this oppositional ethos and lo-fi aesthetic on a new generation of American filmmakers in the following decades, with a selection of films which explored controversial subjects, countered mainstream representations and offered other, more radical ways of seeing gender, sexuality and race on screen.

This strand is curated by Watershed Cinema Assistant Steph Read.

Following its launch at Cinema Rediscovered, this strand will be touring to venues across the UK and Ireland.


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