Everybody in the Place: an Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992

If you do one thing this weekend watch this. It’s Jeremy Deller’s brilliant re-evaluation of acid house and its links to the economic and social struggles of Britain during the 1980s.

Deller combines archive footage with his own thoughts and ideas, to present an engaging  presentation-like film to a classroom of sixth form students.

It’s a unique and fresh take on music documentaries which usually hang on to the worn coattails of nostalgia and talking head interviews. But Deller redefines the genre with his ability to simply and seamlessly link times and events; all while exposing movements that are alien to regular 16 and 17 year olds. It’s these students that add to the film further, with their reactions and comments providing a fascinating view of yesterday through the eyes of today.

Words can’t really do it justice, just watch it below.

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If the above doesn’t work, watch the full length feature on iPlayer.

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