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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9:06am Tue 7 Aug 12

mischiefshazza says...

Would like to add that it features music from the original 1960 's skinhead reggae band the Symarip, local Ska band The Inflatables and Welsh Oi! Band The Oppressed.
Would like to add that it features music from the original 1960 's skinhead reggae band the Symarip, local Ska band The Inflatables and Welsh Oi! Band The Oppressed. mischiefshazza
  • Score: 5

9:28am Tue 7 Aug 12

SkinheadGirl says...

True Skinheads came out of Jamaican Rude-boys and British Hard Mods. Stay true to your roots.
True Skinheads came out of Jamaican Rude-boys and British Hard Mods. Stay true to your roots. SkinheadGirl
  • Score: 4

9:28am Tue 7 Aug 12

SkinheadGirl says...

This film is the truth
This film is the truth SkinheadGirl
  • Score: 2

10:22am Tue 7 Aug 12

cardiff jo says...

So looking forward to seeing this film as I know it will reflect the true skinhead way of life, that of different cultures getting together to enjoy music of all kinds from around the world, it that it wont be the racist rubbish that the media normally portrays of right wing boneheads doing the nazi salute. I think it would be fantastic if it was shown on one of the "big" five channels at some point as then maybe people would understand us better and realise we are not knuckle dusting idiots and that we believe that small percentage who are are despised by us
So looking forward to seeing this film as I know it will reflect the true skinhead way of life, that of different cultures getting together to enjoy music of all kinds from around the world, it that it wont be the racist rubbish that the media normally portrays of right wing boneheads doing the nazi salute. I think it would be fantastic if it was shown on one of the "big" five channels at some point as then maybe people would understand us better and realise we are not knuckle dusting idiots and that we believe that small percentage who are are despised by us cardiff jo
  • Score: 28

10:27am Wed 8 Aug 12

bernie the skin says...

this is got me so exited its coming on to the telly.it shows how positve the skihead culture can be,non of this usall rubish the media sterotype's. The truth is a true skinhead has and will be always ANTI-RACSIST! The mainstay of skinhead music is from 60's JAMACA in a form of music known as SKA, most paople would of heard of the Specials,Madness,The selecter,The beat,Bad mannesrs. but they done cover versions of 60's Jamacan songs. Sharon Woodward's documentry go's along way to dispel the media miths about skinhead's and skinhead culture there is only one way to end this.....
THANKYOU SKINHEAD GIRL!
this is got me so exited its coming on to the telly.it shows how positve the skihead culture can be,non of this usall rubish the media sterotype's. The truth is a true skinhead has and will be always ANTI-RACSIST! The mainstay of skinhead music is from 60's JAMACA in a form of music known as SKA, most paople would of heard of the Specials,Madness,The selecter,The beat,Bad mannesrs. but they done cover versions of 60's Jamacan songs. Sharon Woodward's documentry go's along way to dispel the media miths about skinhead's and skinhead culture there is only one way to end this..... THANKYOU SKINHEAD GIRL! bernie the skin
  • Score: 9

5:18pm Wed 8 Aug 12

mandate says...

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.
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. mandate
  • Score: 24

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