Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle discusses Pistol, his new series, and the punk revolution with Julien Temple, Maisie Williams, John Cooper Clarke, Celeste Bell and chair Andrew O’Hagan.
Produced by FX Productions and streaming from 31 May on Disney+ in the UK, Pistol is a six-episode limited series about a rock and roll revolution. The furious, raging storm at the center of this revolution are the Sex Pistols – and at the centre of this series is Sex Pistols’ founding member and guitarist, Steve Jones.
Jones’ hilarious, emotional and at times heartbreaking journey guides us through a kaleidoscopic telling of three of the most epic, chaotic and mucus-spattered years in the history of music. Based on Jones’ memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, this is the story of a band of spotty, noisy, working-class kids with no future, who shook the boring, corrupt establishment to its core, threatened to bring down the government and changed music and culture forever.
Following on from the complete series screening of Pistol, this conversation explores the politics and the personalities which inspired a defining shift in our history. 1977 marked Her Majesty The Queen’s Silver Jubilee and also saw the punk explosion, fuelled by a rejection of the governing political and populist ideologies of the time.
Hear Danny Boyle, filmmaker Julien Temple and an expert panel including actress Maisie Williams reflect on the wider punk movement and how its legacy impacts on our cultural life 45 years later.
Part of Southbank Centre’s Jubilee series of performances and parties marking Her Majesty The Queen’s 70-year reign.