UCLA Film and Television Archive presents: Suburbia / Rock 'N' Roll High School

Saturday, August 17, 2019
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

See below for additional information.


Advance tickets are available online for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime:

$9, general admission

Free to all UCLA students with valid ID

$8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID


Film and Television Archive
(310) 206-8013



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Suburbia (1984)

Filmed primarily in the abandoned housing tracts that would soon become Interstate 105, writer-director Penelope Spheeris’ narrative follow-up to her seminal punk rock doc The Decline of Western Civilization is deeply embedded within a group of disillusioned young runaways fed up with the pains inflicted by a cul-de-sac lifestyle. Roaming Los Angeles' southeastern Gateway Cities is a pitch-perfect cast made up of authentic street kids and musicians, most of whom had never passed before the lens of a movie camera—including a future Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist herein credited as "Mike B. The Flea." Possessed with moments that pass for pure vérité, with uncut, voltaic performances from Southland punk stalwarts T.S.O.L., The Vandals and D.I., Suburbia pairs scripted dialogue with the electricity (and danger) of bona fide mosh pits. What could find easy comparisons in earlier teenage rebellion films like Over the Edge (1979) and Rumble Fish (1983) instead opts to eschew judgement for a compassionate look at a Spheeris' special brand of (anti)hero.

DCP, color, 99 min.
Director/Screenwriter: Penelope Spheeris

Rock 'N' Roll High School (1979)

Teenage punkette Riff Randell is, without question, the world’s biggest Ramones fan—if the world is only as big as Vince Lombardi High School. But isn’t the quad our entire world when we’re adolescents? In a rare depiction of total high school solidarity against the fascistic powers-that-be (namely, Mary Woronov’s whip-cracking, music-loathing Principal Togar), this Crayola-colored cadre of high school hellcats stands toe-to-toe with Grease and screams “I don’t care about history!” in Sandy and Danny’s faces.

DCP, color, 93 min.
Director: Allan Arkush

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