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  • "Back in the early 80's, lots of my friends were skinheads. We were all really into 2tone, ska and reggae music. Because of our taste in music, we got to know many people in Blackbird Leys of Jamaican dissent. I remember we would help them to build sound systems and listen to, and discuss reggae music.
    It was a great time for both music and fashion. We all drifted in out of periods of being mods, skinheads and even started to get into punk (thanks to The Clash mixing reggae into their music).
    Although Oxford had it's fair share of hard core violent and racist skinheads at the time, our group was the absolute opposite. We attended Rock Against Racism concerts, and were in no way in support of other morons connected to fascist groups.
    Skinheads had a earned a bad reputation, which the media loved to hype up. This was not a fair picture of many skinheads who just enjoyed the music, the clothing, and most of all the the friendships made, often breaking racial barriers.
    Anybody who remembers the 2tone bands of the time, will remember how white and black people could come together and simply enjoy their love of the music."
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Oxford skinhead documentary makes debut on TV

Sharon Woodward

Sharon Woodward

First published in News

AN OXFORD documentary maker is to have her internationally-acclaimed film shown on television on Saturday.

Sharon Woodward’s 2009 documentary, Thank You! Skinhead Girl, became a worldwide success touring Europe and Asia.

It is going to be screened on the Community channel, Sky 539 and Virgin Media 233, at 9pm.

The film tells the story of her life as a working-class woman finding refuge in the skinhead movement and features footage of old Oxford and stills of Bonn Square, which used to be a meeting point for punks and skinheads.

She said: “It’s absolutely brilliant. Whenever your work gets shown, it gives you an opportunity.

“The film is not industry packaged. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a labour of love.”

After winning Best Documentary at the Bulgarian Palace Film festival in 2010, the film toured Europe, Thailand and India.

“It had an incredible reaction internationally. It did very well in India and was even shown at filmmor women’s film festival in Turkey,” she said.

“I am certainly having conversations with people I wouldn’t otherwise have.”

Ms Woodward has given a talk about the film at the Phoenix Picturehouse in Jericho, and is giving another at Ruskin College on October 17.

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