Derailed Sense: A Film About Vic Godard and Subway Sect

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Punk Doc Festival

Following successful screenings at the East End Film Festival, New York University and BFI Southbank, the Punk Doc Festival present a special one-off screening of Derailed Sense.

Graham Bendel (director of Billy Childish is Dead) has made a film as idiosynchratic as its subject matter. His feature-length independent film about the legendary SUBWAY SECT and their enigmatic frontman Vic Godard – who famously retired from music to become a postman – is highly entertaining, intelligent and very funny. Subway Sect – with their distinctive, tense and angular sound, and love for French New Wave Cinema – were one of the most interesting bands from the original punk-era, ­­and a major influence on The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Pop Group, Felt’s Lawrence, and many an indie band. Predating the monochrome, understated style of bands like Joy Division, Subway Sect were a more detached and cooler alternative to the rowdy glamour of the Pistols and Clash. They were managed by Clash impresario Bernie Rhodes, and that’s where their bittersweet story really begins.

We follow singer Vic Godard, as he blazes his own musical trail – amidst an abundance of old photographs and some rare footage – and learn about his predilection for Northern Soul, Tony Bennett and the Royal Mail. Derailed Sense includes appearances from Irvine Welsh, Edwyn Collins, Bobby Gillespie, Luke Haines, writer Jonathan Coe, Viv Albertine plus many more.

Followed by a Q&A

BBFC rating
Running time
74 mins
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Graham Bendel

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February 20th

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