We are absolute delighted to announce that we will be screening Slave To The Grind at Obscene Extreme festival 2018!!!

Slave To The Grind is the very first documentary on Grindcore. It tackles its complex history, charting its rise from both punk and metal in the 80s. It was shot over 4 years in 9 countries on 4 continents.  It was strictly DIY, with zero funding from studios or any corporate funding.

Doug Brown (Producer/Director of the Grindcore movie) says:

“This film was done with the support of a community. We had the pleasure of sifting through nearly 1,000 hours of raw fan submitted concert footage. We conducted nearly 100 hours of interviews with 72 subjects from around the globe. A project of this magnitude was made possible because of the support from the bands and fans since day one. We are honored to be making this film along side the heavy music community.”


If you lived in Flint Michigan, USA in the 80s, you likely worked in an auto factory. If you lived in Birmingham, England in the 80s, you likely worked in an industrial setting. If you were a teenager in either of these cities during those years, you either accepted your fate or broke the mold. In defiance of tradition, groups of punk rockers and metalheads in these respective cities created a new sound, and consequently a new genre of music, that was too punk for metalheads, and too heavy for punks.   

Grindcore fused the anarchistic attitudes of the UKs Punk scene with the speed and drunken aggression of Death Metal, which was simultaneously being created in the US. When Napalm Death released ‘Scum' in 1986, world-renowned BBC DJ, John Peel, announced that ‘Grindcore’ was the fastest and most abrasive sounding music imaginable, and he was right.  

Immediately musicians were torn. Many believed Grindcore to be an anticapitalist, cathartic blast of jokingly short songs. Lyrics were often aggressively pro-life, anti-homophobic and anti-racist. While others inverted the genre with the hopes of becoming as offensive as possible when it came to band names and lyrical content; likely a 'fuck you' to the mainstream.    

Slave To The Grind is the first documentary on Grindcore to capture the genre's 35 year life span.  The film takes you to Japan, the United States, UK, Australia, Singapore, Finland and Sweden to discuss why the genre has persisted, and changed, over time.   


Doug Brown hails from Scarborough, Ontario and has been obsessed with music and movies since he was a kid.  During the day he runs the Film Studies program at a high school in midtown Toronto, and his evenings and weekends are spent working on documentaries. His last documentary, Never Enough, won Best Documentary at the Kingston International Film Festival in 2014.  

He currently lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife, two daughters, three cats, and 6,500 records.  


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