SPIRIT OF '69

SKINHEAD, REMEMBER YOUR ROOTS!!!!!

(FILM REVIEW)

THANK YOU SKINHEAD GIRL
BY SHARON WOODWARD.

[THEN & NOW]


'THANK YOU SKINHEAD GIRL' IS A FASCINATING AND TRUTHFUL
FILM/DOCUMENTARY ABOUT AN EX-SKINHEAD GIRL CALLED MS SHARON
WOODWARD.  IT HIGHLIGHTS HER DAYS AS A SKINHEAD GIRL,WITH SKA
MUSIC,SKINHEAD STYLE AND THE 1980'S.  THE HEYDAY OF '2-TONE' MUSIC WHICH
BROUGHT TOGETHER BLACK AND WHITE YOUTH IN TOUGH TIMES.  THIS
IS A FIRST CLASS FILM/DOCUMENTARY WRITTEN,EDITED AND PRODUCED
BY SHARON HERSELF!



(OTHER REVIEWS)

'THANK YOU SKINHEAD GIRL' IS A DOCUMENTARY WHICH
EXPLORES THE FILMMAKERS EXPERIENCE OF BEING IN CARE AND
BECOMING A 'SKINHEAD GIRL' DURING THE LATE 70'S AND
EARLY 80'S.  IT GIVES INSIGHT INTO A SUB-YOUTH CULTURE THAT
HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST 'MISUNDERSTOOD' OF ALL THE
YOUTH GROUPS.  THE FILM SHOWS THE HISTORICAL RISE OF THE
'SKINHEAD' MOVEMENT,THE FASHION,MUSIC AND THE GANG
STRUCTURE IN OXFORD,UK AT THE TIME.  THROUGHT THE VOICE
OF THE FILMMAKER, WE ARE TAKEN INTO THE PERSONAL
REFLECTIONS OF THAT TIME, WHICH SHOWS A WORKING CLASS
GIRL FINDING REFUGE WITHIN THE SKINHEAD MOVEMENT.
A PLACE WHERE SHE GREW,SURVIVED,THRIVED AND -
EVENTUALLY LEARNT A VERY HARD,UNCOMFORTABLE LESSON
THROUGH VIOLENCE.  THE FILM FEATURES MUSIC FROM
'SYMIRAP' [EARLY REGGAE], OXFORD 'SKA' BAND 'THE INFLATABLES'
AND WELSH OI! BAND 'THE OPPRESSED'.  THE FILM HAS BEEN
ENABLED BY SCREEN SOUTH COMMUNITY PROJECT
EQUIPMENT AWARD.


[EX SKINHEAD GIRLS - ALI,SHAZ & BRIDGET]

[EX-SKINHEAD GIRL RECALLS HER LIFE ON FILM.]

A FORMER SKINHEAD GIRL IS MAKING A FILM ABOUT HER
EXPERIENCES IN OXFORD IN THE EARLY 80'S.  SHARON
WOODWARD,42 FROM OXFORD WAS ONE OF HUNDREDS OF
SHAVEN HEADED TEENAGERS WHO REGULARLY DESCENDED ON
BONN SQUARE AND THE WESTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE DURING THE
HEYDAY OF '2-TONE' MUSIC.  HER DOCUMENTARY IS INSPIRED BY
RECENT HIT FILM 'THIS IS ENGLAND' - WHICH ALSO FOLLOWED
SKINHEADS IN 1980'S BRITAIN.  MS SHARON WOODWARD PLANS TO
FOCUS ON THE GIRLS INVOLVED IN 'SKINHEAD CULTURE' - AS
OPPOSED TO THE COMMON ASSOCIATIONS OF SKINHEADS AS ANGRY
MEN WITH 'FAR-RIGHT' VIEWS.  THE FILM PROVISIONALLY TITLED
'THANK YOU SKINHEAD GIRL', WILL EXPLORE THE MUSIC, CLOTHES
AND AREAS WHERE MS WOODWARD AND HER FRIENDS USED TO HANG
OUT.  SHE SAID: "I THINK THE GENERAL PERCEPTION IS THAT THE
SKINHEAD WERE THUGS AND RACISTS - BUT NONE OF THE SKINHEADS
I HUNG OUT WITH HAD THOSE VIEWS".  "A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WERE
PART OF THAT MOVEMENT WERE VERY CARING, KIND AND CONSIDERATE.
THIS FILM IS ABOUT 'REAL SKINHEADS' AND WHAT IT REALLY MEANT.
"WHAT I MEANT TO DO IS DELVE BACK INTO THE PAST AND MY YOUTH
AND REVISIT THAT 'SKINHEAD GIRL' I ONCE WAS!!!


[THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO A GOOD FRIEND I MET - SHARON]
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