Revelation Film Festival 2014

2016 Films


The Decline of Western Civilization Pt 2: The Metal Years

Fringe World Film Program

Dir: Penelope Spheeris
Year: 1988
Country: USA
Duration: 93mins

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You simply can't go wrong with Spheeris' 2nd instalment in the "Decline..." series.

It has to be one of the most entertaining, hilarious, poignant, unusual and completely honest portrayals of the LA hair-metal scene you'll ever see.

In direct opposition to the "Decline..." films that come before and after it, it charts a course through that rock scene that has to be seen and heard to be believed.

It's hard not have some form of empathy with many of the participants interviewed as they try so, so hard...but that may very well be the issue! Nonetheless there's a strange Spinal Tap simplicity and grand dream amongst many of them that's difficult to resist.

Featuring tag-team of appearances and live footage from Ozzie Osbourne, W.A.S.P, Kiss, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Faster Pussycat, Lizzy Bordon and London there's never a dull moment.

There's no question that The Decline of Western Civilisation Pt 2: The Metal Years is one of the great music films of the generation - and its newly restored form is just fantastic on the big screen.

A true cult film and a brilliant documentary.

Date: Sat Feb 13
Time: 5.30pm
Place: Perth Backlot
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