Kathryn Bigelow was a punk rocker

Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, who won Best Director and Best Picture Oscars for Hurt Locker this week, "was a member in good standing of the [NYC] punk scene of the late '70s and early' 80s," according to Paper Mag. (via Cate Park)


  1. Well, yeah, but all you had to do was pay your membership dues on time and go to two meetings a year…

    1. Reminds me of a t-shirt slogan I saw a few years back. Picture of some guy with libery spikes, and the caption read: “I guess I was punk once.”

      I ordered the shirt online. The seller claimed that his roommate had thrown his printer or computer out the window, so he had lost records of all sales. I took it as a lesson and let it go. I guess I’m not that punk anymore.

        1. Yes, that’s the shirt. Did anyone ever get their money back? Maybe I should contact him again. Re: the computer vs window story, the mileage of my memory may vary.

  2. Having read the article, I don’t see anything punk in it at all. Wouldn’t a better descriptor be “art student in good standing”?

    1. One time she was working on a script of a Bataille story and she must have rewritten it 150 times; she was so determined to get it right.

      Yikes: would that she’d done that with the Hurt Locker script.

      Would love to see that Busey film, though. “Utah, get me two!”

  3. actually, it sounds like she was part of the art scene that flirted with the concurrent no-wave scene at the time — at least if you believe Bernard Gendron’s chapter on the Mudd Clubb in his book on the Avant-Garde and popular culture in the 20th century.

    That’s funny, Antinous! Can I use that as a chapter title for my thesis? Really, I think I’m serious about that!!! “Member in good slamming!!!” I so want to use that now…

  4. Often overlooked is the propaganda aspect of The Hurt Locker: manufacturing consent for the Iraq war and permanent US presence.

    The movie is completely one sided and portrays Iraqi citizens as either malevolent “insurgents”* or jabbering buffons. Best director & best picture? This was a political statement by the US entertainment industry: “We are beyond discussing the justification of the war, and now we applaud consensus for permanent US presence.”

    I liked the movie better, when it was called Avatar: There, the resource greedy invaders were driven off! Long live freedom!

    *Definition of Insurgent: A native of any country that is invaded by imperialist powers

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