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This is the very first Minimovie Submarine Channel ever produced, and it dates back to 2006. As an alternative to the “traditional” trailer, director Alexander Oey used footage from the doc to create two music videos for Crass songs, with the lyrics of the songs superimposed on the visuals. And to great effect. Both videos went viral on YouTube, generating over 180,000 views and a lot of comments from Crass fans to date.

The Story

The anarchist punk band Crass was very different from their contemporaries. The Sex Pistols and The Clash sold their souls to big record labels, whereas Crass stayed true to their anti-corporate ideals. Crass still exists today as a commune just outside of London named ‘Dial House’- a safe haven for those individuals of principle who still live by the old punk slogan ‘Do it yourself’.

About Alexander Oey

Alexander Oey (1960) has directed a large number of documentaries, mainly for the Dutch networks VPRO and NPS, such as ‘My Life as a Terrorist: The Story of Hans – Joachim Klein’ (2005), ‘Euro-Islam according to Tariq Ramadan’ (2005),’Bijlmer the Rough Guid’ (2003) and ‘Jeff Wall’ (1999).

Camera: Alexander Oey
Editor: Chris van Oers
Sound: Benny Jansen

About Minimovies

A Minimovie is an episodic documentary consisting of 8 to 10 episodes. Episodes are 7 to 10 minutes each. Put together, they form a self-contained story. With MiniMovies SubmarineChannel explores a new narrative and visual style of documentary filmmaking. You can watch the Minimovies here or simply download them to your digital device of choice.


An initiative of SubmarineChannel in collaboration with VPRO Television and Vrij Nederland magazine.


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