In the late 1970s Britain was in turmoil, with industrial strife and a lurch to the right which established the racist National Front as an ugly presence on the streets and a potential force in parliament. One salvation, politically and culturally, came in the form of punk rock, whose musicians were angry, rebellious, touching the hearts and minds of the nation’s youth, and many of whom were prepared to fight the fascists head-on. Rubika Shah’s highly engaging and suddenly very relevant documentary chronicles that confrontation, as partially led by the grassroots movement Rock Against Racism.
Demetrios Matheou, Screen Daily
Taking her visual cues from Temporary Hoarding, RAR’s self-produced punk fanzine, Shah assembles White Riot with a self-consciously lo-fi DIY aesthetic well suited to the film’s fast-cut collage of scratchy vintage news footage, raw musical performances and artfully animated graphics. To convey their political messages, Saunders and his team understood the importance of strong visual branding through striking designs for posters, badges and banners.
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter