SCREENING: 10 November 2017 at 18:30

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Dir. Sami Saif, 2017, Denmark, 76mins

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The most outrageous singer in rock’n’roll history, the punk provocateur GG Allin was infamous for defecating on stage, fighting and having sex with the audience. He died in 1993, aged 37. More than two decades on, we meet his mother Arleta and brother Merle, both trying to keep his memory alive and come to terms with his death. Arleta tackles her grief by having her son’s gravestone removed from the New Hampshire cemetery where he is buried, tired of watching fans pay tribute to GG by vandalising his grave. That is not the son she wants to remember: she wants to remember GG, the man – a loving son and brother. Merle, in contrast, keeps himself and the rock’n’roll myth going by selling merchandise and by breathing life into the siblings’ joint band, Murder Junkies. Focusing on a mother-son duo struggling with the ghosts of their past, The Allins paints a vivid portrait of an extraordinary family honouring a lost loved one in their own way. Brave, bold and unfiltered, the film is a testament to the human need to create our own versions of the past to move towards a brighter future.

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