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New documentary: “Paint it Pink”

October 2, 2015

FashionFilm + Entertainment | by Lewis Firth


Courtesy of Richard Mortimer and Sophie McCorquodale
Courtesy of Richard Mortimer and Sophie McCorquodale

Sink the Pink are a club-kid collective that has re-established and re-invigorated the freedom and creativity that once oozed from the Blitz Kids’ scene during the early 80s. Groups of people have tried countless times to find that raw energy again, but ultimately failed. What’s enigmatic of Amy Zing and Glynfamous’ club night, which began in 2008, is its serendipitous nature. It’s not contrived. Organic growth has developed it into something spectacularly influential – a fact shared by the Blitz Kids.

STP is hedonistic to its core. Not through booze or drugs but through an exploration of  human identity. Sexuality, gender and personality are all facets and boundaries that fail to exist as solid, unbreakable notions; they’re twisted and demolished at the prerogative of STP’s participants and physically rendered through home-made apparel, acidic colours and flamboyant hair and make-up.

Last year Richard Mortimer, founder of Ponystep, and director Sophie MacCorquodale followed the guys and gals at STP during rehearsals of their annual Summer Ball Event.

Courtesy of Richard Mortimer and Sophie McCorquodale
Courtesy of Richard Mortimer and Sophie McCorquodale

The product was Paint it Pink, which premiered last week at Hoi Polloi. The documentary gives insight to those outside of the club-kid phenomena, showing the emotion that is invested into the events, their friendships and their willingness to push the concept of identity.

“There couldn’t have been a more perfect end to London Fashion Week than a screening of such a brilliant documentary about such a brilliant club night,” Lou Stoppard, editor of SHOWstudio, explained. “Sink the Pink encapsulates everything fashion should be about – transformation, fantasy, escapism.”

Courtesy of Richard Mortimer and Sophie McCorquodale
Courtesy of Richard Mortimer and Sophie McCorquodale

You can watch “Paint It Pink” here: http://showstudio.com/project/paint_it_pink.

Words by Lewis Firth