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Rude Boy Review

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A fictionalised fan attempts to spice up his life by becoming a roadie for the real life 'The Clash'.

★★★★

Perhaps the best of the punk era films, 'Rude Boy' practises what it preaches. With its mix of documentary footage, largely improvised 'fictional' scenes and live concert footage of The Clash, it captures the guerrilla energy of punk and the racial tension of the time.

A fictionalised disillusioned kid (Ray Gange) attempts to spice up his wasted life by becoming a roadie. The film took a few years to complete and the written dialogue fits in well with the raw footage, making it seem all the more real.

With its mix of documentary footage, largely improvised 'fictional' scenes and live concert footage of The Clash, this is perhaps the best punk film of the era.