THIS IS NOW: FILM AND VIDEO AFTER PUNK is a major new touring programme rediscovering key underground films from the post-punk era in the UK (1978–85). This period saw an explosion in artist filmmaking amongst clubbers, art students, new romantics and members of the post-punk scene, who embraced cheap new domestic technologies and used them to bold and uncompromising effect.
The majority of these films have, for the most part, remained unseen until now. As part of a major restoration endeavour, the BFI National Archive has digitally remastered twenty Super 8 and 16mm films from this period, including titles by Isaac Julien, John Maybury, Sophie Muller, The Neo-Naturists, Grayson Perry, John Smith, Cordelia Swann, Jill Westwood and Cerith Wyn Evans.
Following the launch of the project at BFI Southbank in April 2014, THIS IS NOW is touring internationally throughout 2015–16 with the artist moving agency LUX. The UK tour has been developed with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.