Screen It Up: The Damned documentary ‘Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead’ coming to the Regent


There’s been a string of killer music documentaries hitting the Boston area lately, from the DC hardcore punk doc Salad Days showing in Somerville a few weeks ago to last month’s Independent Film Festival racking up a half-dozen must-see films, from the Residents to Eliott Smith to Morphine.

Now our calendars are marked for July 31, when the Regent Theatre in Arlington hosts the area premiere of this year’s documentary on British psychedelic-punk pioneers the Damned, Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead.

The film debuted at SXSW in March, is directed by Lemmy’s Wes Orshoski, and is authorized by the band. It features interviews from a wealth of sources, including the Clash’s Mick Jones, Chrissie Hynde, Duff McKagen, Fred Armisen, and others.


Check the trailer down below after the doc’s official description. Tickets are $8 and on sale now.

From “Lemmy” filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. Shot around the globe over three years, the film charts the band’s complex history and infighting, as it celebrated its 35th anniversary and found its estranged former members striking out on their own anniversary tour, while still others battle cancer.