B-movie

Presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland

B-Movie is a highly engaging documentary about Berlin's vibrant post-punk underground scene, as filtered through the personal story of British-born Berliner Mark Reeder. It mixes staged reenactments featuring a Reeder lookalike (Marius Weber) with archive clips, home movies and scratchy super 8 footage, much of it never seen on screen before.

Growing up in Manchester, Reeder became friendly with the fabled rock band Joy Division and their Factory Records label boss Anthony Wilson, both later immortalized in Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People and Anton Corbijn's Control. Leaving Britain for West Berlin in 1979, Reeder soon became a key player in the city's underground scene.

Reeder immersed himself in the city’s sleazy, druggy, boozy, late-night arty-party culture. He befriended local heroes and fellow exiles including Nick Cave, Gudrun Gut, techno music pioneer Westbam and Blixa Bargeld of noise-rock extremists Einsturzende Neubauten, all of whom feature in this movie in vintage footage and fragmentary voiceover.

Stephen Dalton The Hollywood Reporter