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An Interview with Jett Hollywood a.k.a. Fabrizio Federico, Director of Anarchy in the UK: The New Underground Cinema

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2016

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Your new movie Anarchy in the UK: The New Underground Cinema - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Itís a buffet of all the exciting filmmakers and underground cinema groups here in the UK whoíve been inspiring with bringing people together outside of the mainstream film industry from 2010-2016. During that period a generation gap in cinema has erupted and I wanted to capture it for the world to see and experience.

 

What were your sources of inspiration for making Anarchy in the UK: The New Underground Cinema

 

Everyone in the film really, all their energy combined propelled me to make the film. That punk DIY attitude that burns old bridges, but creates new horizons. Think of it as a poisoned letter to all the corporate piggies who think they know what true cinema really means. Young filmmakers will see this documentary and realize that they donít have to play by the rules, you can just become your own creation.

 

Actually being part of the new underground cinema society, how did that play into conceiving the movie?

 

It gave me a very clear map of where I wanted to go with the movie. Iíve experienced the hypocrisies first hand and seen how the film industry is changing. Itís just a few years behind from what happened in the music industry, which resulted in artists not needing distribution deals anymore and taking their lives into their own hands. Now filmmakers get their film out through Facebook, Vimeo, Youtube, Blogs all these platforms, plus the dynamic indie film groups in each city who will screen these alternative movies.

 

Any stories you picked up while shooting Anarchy in the UK: The New Underground Cinema that didn't make it into the film but you'd still like to share?

 

It all went into the film, but I was surprised at the amount of people in government funded cinema organizations that held grudges against these independent filmmakers and groups. They have a real raison d'etre of pretending to ignore cult & underground cinema while in reality they're only feeding off it in order to exploit it in the future. I just find it really sad that we all love cinema so much but yet these bigger platforms are scared to embrace new filmmakers. They only embrace it once itís considered not dangerous anymore. One day they will grow some balls.

 

You just have to talk about the very eclectic footage used in Anarchy in the UK: The New Underground Cinema, and where did you find some of it, and why did you edit it that way?

 

It came from all the filmmakers' movies, it's an electric documentary. This is what they do, create images that melt your brain and reform it, I always prefer to use the absurd in cinema in order to break through life's hypnosis. Being creative is the best life to lead, I wanted the film to have a Peter Pan element to it and to capture the joy of being involved in cinema. If you follow your own path you will stay forever young and you can really feel it as you watch everyone share their frustration and loves.

 

Do talk about some of your key interviewees for a bit, and how easy or difficult was it to get them? Connected to that, it seems like Anarchy in the UK: The New Underground Cinema meant looots of travelling - so how straining was that aspect of the movie?

 

Everyone was key, but there were some filmmakers who had died unfortunately which was a shame because I would have loved to have met them. Other than that it was really easy making connections. But basically I spent a year travelling around and meeting all these passionate people like myself who want change and they want it now. Filming all the cinema nights was great , the atmosphere with everyone wanting to share their stories, it was like being in a cinema utopia, it was more similar to being in a high energy club, not a movie theatre! So much more fun than simply sitting politely in a showcase theatre.

 

Based on all the interviews you did for Anarchy in the UK: The New Underground Cinema, any advice you'd give a budding (guerilla) filmmaker?

 

A film shoot can go from disaster to euphoria in the blink of an eye. But what new filmmakers need to understand is that you gotta be tough, you're gonna hear a lot of bullshit from authority figures, schedule problems or whatever, but ultimately your enthusiasm will pull you through and you will realize that you were right all along. It's your life so live it with your own unique flair. Just say fuck it and make your own movie. Keep it simple if youíre broke, thatís why I came up with the PINK8 manifesto to show that you can do things originally and in a weird way with no budget.

 

The $64-question of course, where can your movie be seen? And anything you can tell us about critical and audience reception of Anarchy in the UK: The New Underground Cinema yet?

 

I'm releasing the movie for free on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpNA75b2hCw. All I want is for people to see what can be accomplished and to say nowís the time to do something about their ideas and that the UK is a haven for edgy cinema. The fact that the documentary starts with the Film Funding cuts of 2010 is a perfect backdrop to what came next in the form of a movement called Misrule Cinema, we decided to all take over because we donít need funding or any other handouts or gossip. The filmmakers in this documentary are the true saviors of the rebel spirit.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Anarchy in the UK: The New Underground Cinema & The Evolution of the Earth Angel were both made by the Ziggy Stardust alter ego called Jett Hollywood, he is a filmmaker from Mars. He will commit cinema suicide now that his mission is accomplished, he won.

 

What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I accidently saw Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie when I was a kid, and since then I have known what I wanted to be. Other filmmakers like Kenneth Anger, Lars Von Trier, Harmony Korine, Jonathan Caouette and Vincent Gallo make up my outlook of what real cinema is. Iím theyíre wicked bastard child. What I did learn was from DVD commentaries and through spells. Gotta be done.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Anarchy in the UK: The New Underground Cinema?

 

The two feature films, Black Biscuit (2012) and Pregnant (2015) they're both dangerous, nonlinear and wild, other than that I donít know how to categorize them. More like anti-films. Iíve completed a new movie, but I have to edit it all together, which might take a while. Been reading a lot of old fairy tales like Alice in Wonderland, The Little Prince and Cautionary Tales, plus serial killer books such as Say You Love Satan and The Cult of Violence. I want my next film to be a fable.

 

What led you to create your alter ego Jett Hollywood, and what sets him apart from Fabrizio Federico?

 

Why should rock stars have all the fun with identity. Jett is an alien, a mixture of River Phoenix, Ziggy Stardust, Al Capone, Mao and Alfred Hitchcock. It's that mixture of dark glamour and tyranny. Throwing tyranny back into the tyrant's face, really. Fabrizio is harder to pin down because heís more schizophrenic, he can be anything from gentle to psychedelic to a force of nature depending who I'm talking to. Heís a mirror, you get what you give.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director? 

 

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While living in America I would DJ clubs and after hours parties so Iím more like a DJ director. I sweat blood for my films, I love so many different styles and aesthetics that everything gets blended till it becomes something new. 

 

Your favourite movies,  and films you really deplore?

 

A film I can always go back to is The Great Rock & Roll Swindle by Julien Temple, but as far as deploring films, the only ones I donít have time for are franchises once they get to the 6th or 7th film in the series. Other than that I watch everything that sounds strange or funny enough. As a kid, I loved Charlie Sheen movies and Gremlins so Im pretty bizarre in that I'm up for anything.

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

Hereís where all the films are together so this is the best place:

http://fabriziofederico.moonfruit.com/

https://www.facebook.com/anarchyintheukundergroundcinema/

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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