Crash 'n' Burn (1977 film)
|Crash 'n' Burn|
|Directed by||Ross McLaren|
|Music by||The Boyfriends
|Distributed by||The Film-Makers' Cooperative
Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre
Crash 'n' Burn is an experimental film shot in and named after Toronto, Ontario, Canada's, first punk club by Canadian filmmaker Ross McLaren in 1977. The film, shot on 16mm black-and-white stock, features punk rock performances by the Dead Boys, Teenage Head, The Boyfriends, and the Diodes.
The film's most frequently-quoted review, written almost one year after the initial screening, was published in Creem magazine in 1978. Creem hailed McLaren's work for "doing everything in its flickering power to self-destruct," and deemed the film a living testament that not all Canadians "bored their beef to death."
McLaren's original work emphasized the cacophony and riotousness of the punk scene in 1977 Toronto. In 2004, he debuted a karaoke-style version of the film – complete with syncopated subtitles corresponding to the bands' song lyrics – to a test audience at the Millennium Film Workshop in New York City.
Crash 'n' Burn has never been officially released on either VHS or DVD, though several bootleg VHS versions are rumoured to have been shown publicly since the 1990s, without official authorization from the filmmaker or his distributors.
- Guttenplan, Howard. "Ross McLaren: One Person Program," Millennium Film Workshop Upcoming Screenings. New York: Millennium Film Workshop, 2004.
- Springer. "Creemedia," Creem, Vol. 10, No. 4, Sept. 1978.
- Kelly, B. "Punk at the Movies," Graffiti No. 2, vol.#4, 1986.
- O'Connor, Alan. "Local Scenes and Dangerous Crossroads: Punk and Theories of Cultural Hybridity,” Popular Music Vol. 21/2, Cambridge University Press, London: 225-36, 2002.
- Wlaschin, K. "Rock Movies in the 70's," British Film Institute: London, 1978.
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