System Overload: Neil Roberts, Punk Anarchism and 'The Maintenance of Silence'

  • Russell Campbell Victoria University of Wellington

Abstract

Punk anarchism, a defiant youth subculture that had emerged in reaction to hard times in New Zealand resorted to organized anarchist political activity. As an expression of the punk community's general anti-police sentiment against increasing surveillance of the state, Neil Ian Roberts a punk anarchist, detonated gelignite outside the Wanganui Computer Centre. The film Maintenance of Silence, which tells the story of the bombing is a pointed political comment on totalitarian tendencies in New Zealand society.

Author Biography

Russell Campbell, Victoria University of Wellington
Associate Professor of Film in the School of English,
Film, Theatre, and Media Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.
Published
2009-04-05
How to Cite
CAMPBELL, Russell. System Overload: Neil Roberts, Punk Anarchism and 'The Maintenance of Silence'. The Journal of New Zealand Studies, [S.l.], n. 8, apr. 2009. ISSN 2324-3740. Available at: <https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/jnzs/article/view/6>. Date accessed: 23 nov. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.26686/jnzs.v0i8.6.