Hail the New Puritan
DIRECTOR: CHARLES ATLAS
“Like a glinting frieze from a vanished London, a film that hymns the beau monde of the demimonde while tracking a day in the life of the choreographer Michael Clark.”—Tobi Haslett. Atlas’s fauxumentary follows Scottish dance maestro Clark and his company through a fictionalized day and night of preparations for a performance of Clark’s 1984 work New Puritans, which makes extensive use of the music of the Manchester post-punk act The Fall. The band’s Mark and Brix Smith are caught in “candid” moments, as are costumer Leigh Bowery and ‘80s club scene staples like Lana Pellay and Rachel Auburn. Through cinematic deceits, Clark gives us one of the truest portraits of sparkling counterculture resistance amidst lowering Thatcherite gloom.