Watch documentary Teenage at the BFI
Before the ‘Teenager’ was invented, there was no second stage of life, you were either a child or you went to work as an adult. Documentary Teenage captures milestones in youth culture from some of the brightest and darkest moments of recent history.
Inspired by punk author Jon Savage’s book, Teenage gives voice to young people from the first half of the 20th century in America, Britain and Germany – from London’s Bright Young People and Harlem’s jitterbuggers to Germany’s Hitler Youth and anti-Nazi Swing Kids.
Four young voices (Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, Julia Hummer, Jessie Usher) bring to life rare archival material and filmed portraits of emblematic teenagers from history like flapper Brenda Dean Paul, Tommie Scheel, a rebellious German Swing Kid, and Warren Wall, an Afro-American Boy Scout.
A deeply fascinating film that questions our conception of youth, rebellion and the very concept of coming of age.
At the BFI Southbank until 6 February 2014