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The changing face of youth culture gets big screen treatment

FLASHBACK: Young partygoers attend the Cue Club, which was known for its reggae music during the 1960s

A NEW documentary, which sheds light on the changing face of youth culture in London from the 1950s to the present day, will be screened for free in the capital later this month.

Hanging Out - Then and Now, directed by Lorna Holder and Yvonne Deutschman and produced by Tuareg Productions Ltd, takes viewers from "flower power fashion to designer brand obsession, from telephone box to mobile phone, from café and club culture to social online networking".

The documentary, which will shown at the British Film Institute on May 22, also aims to show the changing face of music and the club scene of the 1960s and how they both played a vital part in bringing black and white young people together.

Hanging Out founder Lorna Holder told The Voice: “One thing hasn’t changed over the years and that is the passionate energy young people bring to anti-war protests and social changes. Highlights include former MP Tony Benn and Kurt Barling (BBC correspondent) in discussion with young people around the issues of protest. Hanging Out will be a fantastic watch especially for young people in sixth form and university.”

She added: "Audiences will be able to watch the Mods and Rockers reveal how the press paid them a fiver to fight on the beaches of Brighton, hear about legendary boxer Muhammad Ali’s first visit to Brixton and the story of Michael Jackson buying a safari hat, which went onto inspire his hit album Off The Wall."

The Hanging Out project, by Full Spectrum Productions, was funded by The Heritage Fund and in partnership with the British Film Institute, Museum of London, Victoria & Albert Museum and Imperial War Museum.

The free private screening of Hanging Out – Then and Now will take place on May 22 at NFTI, British Film Institute, Belvedere Road, London SE1 starting at 2.30pm. For more information visit: www.hangingout.org.uk

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