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BBC's Roger Hill to feature in Liverpool punk documentary

The unpublished diaries of broadcaster, Roger Hill – one of the most influential figures on Liverpool’s arts scene – are to feature in a new documentary film here on Thursday 17 September.

In 2012, director, Matthew Fox was granted access to the diaries – an estimated two million, handwritten words – spanning more than forty years of Hill’s life.

This personal testimony is the inspiration behind ‘Punk Snow’, a film directed by The project is supported with a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“There are scenes of bonfires on waste ground, of children swinging from ropes tied to streetlamps, of telephone boxes that give back more change than you’ve put in, of Punk in full flood, of nature, and politics” said Fox, aged 43, who has directed The Postcard, Two Cameras and co-created Outsiders Film Festival.

Hill moved to Liverpool in 1978 and went on to become a key protagonist on the city’s alternative music and arts scene. He has presented PMS on BBC Radio Merseyside since 1982, making it the longest-running alternative music show on UK local radio.

Punk Snow will focus on the years 1979 to 1981, the backdrop the iconic Mathew Street club, Eric’s, and the Liverpool Punk scene. “What happened during these first two years was that I realised that I was meant to be here, in Liverpool, and that these were the toughest of times, and that only the fight would make it survivable, and that the fight would be through music and style and working together” says Hill.

The half-hour film will be preceded by a series of film clips from interviews with Eric’s regulars made as part of the project’s archive, and a personal poem about Eric’s from Liverpool-born poet Gerry Potter.

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