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Jimmy is Punk tells the story of the Dutch punk band PANIC. A concert in Gouda in 1978, filmed shortly before the band fell apart, is at the heart of this energetic and entertaining documentary. Become an eyewitness and feel the spirit of the early days of punk.
Duco Donk became a video editor after a fun but unsuccessful career as a pop musician. After editing over 10,000 items for news and various other television programmes, Duco got kind of handy but he also felt the need to make something of greater value. He felt the need to make art.
Film Review: Director Duco Donk delivers an unstoppable burst of punk energy in this documentary centring on a concert in Gouda by relatively unknown Dutch band Panic. It’s 1978 and punk is steadily rising in popularity, smashing its way into the mainstream charts. But for one punk band, the show’s almost over... Active for only two years, Panic disbanded shortly after the concert featured in this film, making the footage here particularly significant in the history of punk. Superbly shot on 16mm and Super 8mm film, Donk delights us throughout with immaculately preserved archive footage of the band’s tremendous high-octane belters, bursting with rage and passion. The energy in the room is electric: you truly feel transported to a time of rebellion and anarchy, a time when music was a vehicle to express disillusionment with the state of the world. Much more than a concert flick, Jimmy IS Punk - The Story of Panic is a tribute to Panic’s fans, whose loyalty and intense emotions become the real subjects of the documentary. Even if you’re not a fan of punk, you’ll still feel like Panic’s journey ended too soon and be left to wonder what could have been. This is a pure and undiluted explosion of punk, a blast of nostalgia for a less complacent time and an absolute must-see for music fans worldwide. Tayba Mason