Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Helsinki Twilight 1984

This movie will be shown at Klubi, Tampere today! The director Pete Europa and one of the actors, Jann Wilde, will be at the screening to answer questions and talk about the background of the movie.

"The documentary film Helsinki Twilight 1984 (Timanttikoirien vuosi 1984) takes us back in time into the fascinating period of time between the years 1979 - 1985, when Helsinki, and the rest of Finland moved towards an increasingly diverse and free social climate, pioneering beautiful boys in makeup and fancy girls.

During this time, the new street-level phenomena such as small magazines, pirate radio and independent fashion began to blend into the society – new clubs were set up, new art forms were born - and finally people felt they were works of art themselves.

Helsinki was like Berlin between the wars for a period that lasted for no longer than a blink. It was full of ideas, encounters between different groups of people and 24h partying with the Cold War and what George Orwell's 1984 had described hovering on the background.

Dark, deep shades, ominous music, 'pale boys', vampires and other creatures of the night represented a world of a new human being; New Romantics, new Gothic - new vision. Representing the birth of the European, international, and ultimately universal people.

Artists: The Pinups, Musta Paraati, Vanity Beach, Moonage Daydream, PIM, HK 119, The Nights of Iguana, Twiggy Oliver, Shadowplay, Jimi Sumén, Jann Wilde, Virgo Intacta, Wave, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lords Of The New Church, Theatre Of Hate, The Specimen, Bauhaus, Lola Ego, Hefty Load, Kraftwerk

Interviews: Pete Europa, May Pöysti, Mauno Paajanen (Twiggy Oliver), Ari Hirvonen (Sally Flesh), Måsse Kuhlman, Pekka Hakala (Jay Havanna ), Jutta Kuure, General Njassa, Krister Orre, Olli Wisdom, Minna Duncan, Hamish MacDonald, Marko von Konow, Timppa Samurai , Kimmo Takala, Jyrki 69 (The 69 Eyes), Heidi Kilpeläinen, Jukka Lindfors, Jon Klein, Jari Kauppinen, Wilma Vainikainen, Oda Ivanka Tsupukka, Ykä Knuuttila, Samurai Timppa, Timo Nevalainen, ”Hank” Nygren, Johnny Lee Michaels, Ninni Peräniitty

Actors: Ani Alitalo, Ville Ahonen, Eija Nousiainen, Yrjö Tähtelä, Janne Klix, May Pöysti, Henry Lee Roots, Jonas Karsten, Jann Wilde, Heikki Lustig, Leea Enbäck, Sirkka-Liisa Vuorinen, Heikki Nousiainen (narrator)

Director, script PETE EUROPA
Cinematography ARTTU PELTOMAA


  1. ahh :) how was it? ^^
    does it come out on DVD someday? sure does ?!! :) hopefully wanna have it!! ^^

  2. @MyMakeUpMania: It was!! :)

    @ipehishere: Yeah it was worth watching!

    @Siz: It was good! I was super suprised to hear that there was New Romantics in Finland too.. It was a very interesting documentary. :)) I don't know if it's going to come out on DVD.. all I know is that it's probably going to be shown on TV someday. But I could ask Jann or someone if you haven't yet :)


  3. yeah xD maybe aksing jann would help xD why didn't I do that yet? haha ^^ however I'm goin to ask :D thanks for the idea ^^

    aww I'm so curious about it :D wanna see it too =)

  4. @Siz: Heh you're welcome :'DD It was very interesting to hear there was New Romantics in Finland too, and it was interesting to hear those songs and everything I hadn't hear before.. When thinking about 70s-80s in Finland, all I think of is those punk rockers who listen to Finnish bands like Popeda and Eppu Normaali.. etc.. But this documentary showed me t hat there was something else too XD xx

  5. really nice :)
    Jann said it will not come out ad DVD so it will only be shown on TV ... but thanks to your idea of asking him ^^ he said he can maybe make me a copy of it :)
    aww it's sad that I can't get Finish TV here xD in Austria! would be great!! ^^

  6. @Siz: Oh that's cool if he could make a copy of it to you :DD
    Hahah.... XD I wonder if these finnish internet tv sites work in austria?
    (sorry, too lazy to remember the code for linking XD)

  7. Hi
    The documentary Helsinki Twilight will be in TV YLE TEEMA 1 now on of April at 21.00
    Also in 80 s retsrospect fotograph exhibition at the City Hall from
    13th of April...Gallery Virka, Helsinki

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