Output Belfast: I Get Knocked Down + Q&A
Output Belfast & Queen's Film Theatre present a screening of I Get Knocked Down (2021), a documentary about the anarcho-pop band Chumbawamba, followed by a Q&A with frontman & co-director Dunstan Bruce.
Part music documentary, part unflinching character study, I Get Knocked Down is the untold story of Leeds-based anarcho-pop band Chumbawamba. This Irish premiere screening will be followed by a Q&A with Chumbawamba's Dunstan Bruce, and marks the opening of the Output Belfast music conference.
Founding band-member Dunstan Bruce is 59, and he is struggling with the fact that the world seems to be going to hell in a handcart. Twenty years after his fall from grace, Bruce is angry and frustrated, but how does a retired middle-aged radical get back up again?
In this punk version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Dunstan is visited by the antagonistic ghost of his anarchist past – his alter ego, ‘Babyhead’ – who forces him to question his own life, sending him on a search for his long-lost anarchist mojo. Following Bruce’s personal voyage of rediscovery, redemption, and reawakening, I Get Knocked Down acts as a call to arms to those who think activism is best undertaken by someone else.
★★★★ "enjoyable blast of pop history from Chumbawamba frontman" The Guardian
Output Belfast, the largest music conference in Ireland, takes place on Thursday 1 June at The Mac and Oh Yeah Music Centre. The conference features over 30 sessions, workshops, masterclasses, panels, keynotes and state of the nation addresses across all aspects of the music industry - with a focus on creative skills (writing, performing and producing) and business skills (management, streaming, music and image, networking and wider creative industry partnerships) and then in the evening showcasing 36 amazing Irish bands all for free across the Cathedral Quarter.
Output Belfast is supported by Belfast City Council, Belfast City of Music and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.