Where did the title Punk Authority come from?
I love the ambiguity and oxymoronic nature of the title, but it comes from some overly serious discussions that I was engaged in several years ago surrounding the ways in which sub-cultures police themselves and how they can be more unethical than the mainstream systems of carrying out justice. People who are living marginal existence in opposition to the dominant culture and then perpetuating those same, oppressive structures in a smaller community.
The phrase kept coming back to me when I would consider titles for different works, but I never had a visual narrative adequately fleshed out until I came back to Police Academy 2 while recording Man With Potential…
Would you be surprised if I told you that, according to the Bechdel Test website, only 5 of IMDB’s Top 250 passed all three Bechdel criteria in 2010? Are we really asking too much of the film industry to include two women, who talk to eachother, about something besides a man? Surely this is the bare minimum of female representation we should expect from films. Women populate more than half of the world and yet we are still so often consigned to being the ‘love interest’ whose lives centre wholly around the male protagonist even to the point where the majority of mainstream films in our cinemas seem to find it impossible, in their entire run-time, to imagine a world in which a woman conducts a conversation that is not about a man.