One way you know that a movie sucks is when it requires you to go read a history book in order to understand it.
One way you know that a movie sucks is when it requires you to go read a history book in order to understand it. "Jubilee," which is some kind of punk-inspired treatise on the ills of 1970s British society, is just such a movie.
The premise, which I would never have figured out had I not read this DVD's liner notes, is that Queen Elizabeth I (Jenny Runacre) has her alchemist (Richard O'Brien) show her a vision of Britain 400 years in the future.
This so-called future pretty much resembles the women's lavoratory at a Siouxie & the Banshees concert. Girl gangs roam around committing random acts of violence, people engage in all means of odd sex acts, and people scream out lots of stuff that doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
Characters have names like Bod (Jenny Runacre), Crabs (Little Nell), Mad (Toyah Willcox) and Amyl Nitrate (Jordan). Apparently, the film's only supposed redeeming quality is that Adam Ant is in it. Frankly, I don't know that there was ever a time where having Adam Ant in your movie was really a sign of quality.
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