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March 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Steven Sebring / 2008 / USA / 109 mins / cert 15

Tickets £5 here
(online tickets are now sold out but there will be a limited number available on the door – first come, first served!)

An intimate portrait of the poet, activist, artist and singer that explores her philosophy, spirituality, history and self expression. Known as the godmother of punk, she emerged in the 1970s, galvanising the music scene with her unique style of poetic rage and trademark swagger. We follow her over 11 years of international travel, through her spoken words, performances, lyrics, interviews, paintings, and photographs.

She is among the few contemporary artists who manage to connect the Beatnik sensibility of the late 50’s and the rock and roll music of today’s social and political activists. She has evidently done this through her own special calm and integrity and keen instinct. A figure, an ‘icon’, who was central to her times, friend of William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, lover of Robert Mapplethorpe, a cult figure who has toured with Bob Dylan, a bereaved wife and mother who has taken long sabbaticals from her public career to immerse herself in living, a woman with dear siblings and sweet parents from a happy childhood. A woman whose son and daughter are hard to tell apart from her, who pays tender homage on screen to the tombs of Blake and Rimbaud with caressing hands on the marble and use of her ever-present Polaroid camera.

Patti also single-handedly crafted a bold new image, of the female rock performer during the 70s. She startled the rock world with her unapologetic, devil-may-care androgynous style. Patti was the first woman in rock, to completely eschew glamour. Through performance footage, interviews, poems, paintings, photographs and Smith’s voice-over reminiscences, Dream of Life reveals a complicated, charismatic personality wrestling with the paradoxes of being an artist in America and of being a woman in a male-dominated music scene.

Smith also wrestles with the tragedies — the deaths of her husband and brother — that brought her back to New York and to performing. Layering Smith’s words over innovative camera techniques, the film explores how one woman discovered herself through music, how she survived tragedy, how she raised two children and how she endeavours in a quest for peace, for herself and for the world.

Event will also include a unique compilation of stunning performance footage


March 26, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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