L'Étrange Festival - XXIInd edition - September 7 - 18 2016
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Test Dept : DS30

Test Dept : DS30 - 2016 - Black and white with color - 65 mn - Original version with no subtitles - United Kingdom - Documentary
French premiere.

Founded last year on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the infamous English minor strike during the winter of 1984-1985, as a protest against Thatcher’s government, DS30 is a retrospective tribute made of archives gathered by Test Dept during their cult tour Fuel to Fight that took place in England in support of the striking miners. A memorable human adventure, which allowed the band to collaborate with local activists as well as a choir of Welsh miners.

A moving account recorded on the beautiful record Shoulder to shoulder in 1985, which served as a fund raiser for the minors and their families. 30 years later, it’s still a film that’s more than ever accurate and already held as one of the most exhaustive political musical short ever made.

The movie will be screened along with a selection of the best films of the group, restored on behalf of the recent release of the retrospective Total State Machine, on the history of Test Dept, and followed by a conversation with Paul Jamrozy and Graham Cunnington, founding members of the band, as well as Rebecca Shatwell, director of the Newcastle AV Festival and curator of the DS30 project.

Saturday 17 September 2016 - 17:45 - Showroom 100 - Introduced by the founding members of Test Dept - Q&A after the screening - The volume of this screening being SPECIFICALLY LOUD, it is not suitable for 'sensitive ears'...