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Contact - Writing on the Wall Television (Full Length Episode) – 1981 Documentary Arts/Culture

Contact - Writing on the Wall

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1981 Documentary Arts/Culture

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Poet, activist and soon-to-be Mayor of Waitemata, Tim Shadbolt explores the often-maligned art of graffiti in this 1981 special for documentary slot Contact. Shadbolt searches for wit and inspiraton from school desks and court holding cells, to the bathrooms of trendy restaurants. Some of these scribbled sentiments — like “Rob Muldoon before he robs you” — have passed into legend. The best material however, comes from a group of high school girls, encouraged by their right-on English teacher during a class of well-supervised rebellion: “castrate rapists — have a ball!”

Help the police — beat yourself up.
– Another sign-of-the-times scrawl