ABOUT

BP Underground is a documentary series exploring the underground youth subcultures of Budapest, Hungary in the 90s and 2000s, right after the iron curtain fell. The underground scene of Budapest and its musical subcultures are a vital and essential part of wider Hungarian culture. This series deals with how these small scenes built bigger communities and how they affected our society – and still do to this day. It uncovers how Budapest contributed to this phenomenon. What were the unwritten rules of these subcultural groups? What were their unique symbols, special uniforms, legendary venues, and heroic figures. What’s the personal story behind all this? The directors, Anna Koltay and Esther Turan, as integral parts of these movements themselves, their insight and access to bring untold stories to light.
The team behind the series created this website to bring this first episode to you, our audience. It’s about the Hardcore/Punk scene and has just been finished. Moviebar Productions the documentary as a labor of love, made possible using its own resources, without any government funding.

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EPISODES

HIP-HOP

The first ever documentary film about the underground hip hop scene of Budapest, Hungary will premiere in the summer of 2018.

It follows on from the first episode of the documentary series “BP Underground”, which had a successful premiere in July 2017, at the popular venue Toldi cinema in Budapest.

BP Underground – Hardcore/Punk was selected to numerous film festivals, Europe-wide. Rockmaraton, a music festival, named a whole stage after the project. The directors, Anna Koltay and Esther Turan, have just completed the second, much anticipated episode of the series, focused on the hip hop scene of Budapest. BP Underground is an homage to Budapest’s underground youth subcultures. The aim of each episode is to show how small scenes built bigger communities and how they affected our society. Not only do they explore the influential tunes, the message, legendary venues and record stores, heroic figures of the subculture from humble beginnings to highlights from the golden age, the 90s through the 2000s, but they also reflect on today.

The second episode of BP Underground is about the underground hip hop culture of Budapest. Similarly to the previous Hardcore/Punk episode, it builds a unique visual world including many original archive clips, documenting the birth and thriving of Hungarian hip hop. The movie will guide viewers through the much-loved talent contest, Fila Rap Jam, and historical event-series like Gimmeshot, Microfonparties and the OSG. On top of that, viewers will get an insight into sadly-missed venues like Filotorigát, Maszk klub and Kultiplex.

Besides dealing with the most important characters, from rappers to MCs and DJs, it also introduces the viewer to the Hungarian culture of graffiti, gypsy hip hop, female performers and break dancers. The upcoming episode aims to discover how the capital of Hungary, as a center, shaped the subculture, and how a cultural exchange took place between the hip hop figures from the countryside and the faces of Budapest hip hop.

BP Underground’s Hip Hop episode is a historical deep-dive, transporting the viewer back to the true 90’s and 2000’s feeling: an era of overflowing Western influence, when hanging around street corners, playing street basketball, Yo! MTV Raps and home-copied cassettes bloomed like they never did before… The film also explores how social background connects to choosing a subculture – is it the strong desire of belonging somewhere? How did gangs develop, why was it a matter of life or death who belonged to which one, and why do these eternal rivalries persist?

Who are the icons who are still well-known today, who were the central figures back in the day and, decades after, what do they think about their roots? What does national fame mean to those who started out as underground musicians? How does it feel to be the member of the hip hop family, is it more than the love for music, is it an everlasting bond? How does Hungarian hip hop compare to the original style with its African-American roots, and is social criticism a fundamental thread through both? What about hip hop culture in Hungary today? Does it have the same legitimacy and power in the digital world? Where is the line between underground and mainstream, and what is the scene’s message in 2018? These are questions the directors have sought answers for.

The creators are especially grateful for those who have supported the realization of the second episode. The premiere of BP Underground Hip Hop documentary will be again at Toldi cinema in Budapest, on the 31st of July and then in other independent cinemas and venues across the capital and the country.

HARDCORE / PUNK

Hardcore punk zenei szcenaAuthentic Hungarian punk is a special breed. It combined Western-European influences with the chaos, fear and rebellion of Hungary after 1989. BP Underground explores the cutting edge hardcore-punk scene of Budapest immediately following radical regime change. Apart from creating a vivid portrait an homage of the youth subculture and music scene in the 90s and the 2000s, the episode focuses on how historical circumstances and the city itself influenced them.
We discover the sociological and the personal background of the subculture through rich archive footage and the testimonies of iconic figures from the era, such as the legendary Tizedes, member of bands like Marina Revue, Bandanas, Tizedes meg a többiek; Jani Riger and András Madár from Böiler; Tamás Rupaszov, the founder of Trottel Records; Dávid Jancsis, a sociologist and corruption expert, member of the band Leukémia; and journalist Péter Uj. We also interviewed former members of Dawncore and Newborn, bands formed during the second wave of Hungarian hardcore: Balázs Soós, Ádám Fellegi, Zoltán Jakab, Tibor Szalkai; Attila Török of Burning Inside; Gergő Tóth of Blind Myself and Kristóf KRSA Tóth of Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra.
András Bödecs of The Iduro talks about his connection to the subculture; Pál Somló of Shellbeach, Bálint Szollár and Tamás Kuttner of Bridge to Solace; Balázs Pándi, journalist and drummer; as well as the curator Kata Oltai all helped us to explore the era and get to the bottom of the hardcore/punk scene. They share their personal stories and their reflections on the movement, while we dive into the historical locations and infamous venues of the time, such as Fekete Lyuk (Black Hole) in Golgota street, Total Car at the Nyugati Railway Station and Kultiplex in Kinizsi street.
We find our answers to questions like: did the chaotic time of regime change affect subcultural life? Are the key figures of the era still active today? What do they think about the movement now, decades later? How did it all affect their lives and what’s it like to look back at their roots? Where did that visceral criticism of Hungarian society come from and does their message still resonate with the contemporary generation?

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CREATORS

Eszter Turan

ESTHER TURAN
Director/Producer

Esther is a Hungarian Film Academy graduate in TV directing and has been producing award-winning films since 2004 through her company Moviebar Productions. Her experience includes a wide range of productions from major TVCs for well-known brands,  through auteur-driven films as well as studio features to European TV series (Swoon – Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein 2018; The Field Guide to Evil – Peter Strickland’s segment, 2018; The Man Who Was Thursday – Francois Arnaud, Jordi Molla, 2016; Maximilian – Andreas Prochaska, 2016) BP Underground is her directorial debut. She’s also developing her first feature film with the support of the Hungarian National Film Fund.

Anna Koltay

ANNA KOLTAY
Director

After receiving her MA in Communication in Hungary, graduated from the London College UCK specialising in Media and Journalism. She works at the Hungarian state channel, MTV since 2012 in various positions: she’s the reporter and presenter of several programmes dealing with public and political issues, as well as factual entertainment content. Since 2016 she is the permanent presenter and editor of the Cultural Department of the Hungarian Television. By completing BP Underground she was lucky enough to combine both of her field of expertise: the Hungarian underground scene and the documentary genre itself.

INTERVIEWEES

András Bödecs
Ádám Fellegi
Zoltán Jakab
Dávid Jancsics
Anna Koltay
Tamás Kuttner
András Madár
Attila “Tizedes” Márton
Kata Oltai
Balázs Pándi
Tamás Rupaszov
János Riger
Balázs Soós
Pál Somló
Tibor Szalkai
Bálint Szollár
Kristóf “KRSA” Tóth
Gergő Tóth
Attila Török
Esther Turan
Péter Uj

CREW

Co-producer: Judit Romwalter, Viktoria Trepper
Associate producer:  Dora Nedeczky
Production Manager: Berta Rozgonyi
Cinematographer: Daniel Balint
Mastering: Gábor Deutch / anorganik
B camera cinetographers: Domonkos Rónai, Dániel Kóródi, Márton Géresi
C camera cinetographer (New York): Krisztián Éder
Editor:  Réka Pálfalvi
Colorist:  Eszter Nagy, Szandra Bognár
Sound: Pál Somló, Bálint Zándoki
Spark: Marci Tamus
Camera crew: Ádám Barta
Production Assistant: Laura Gyenge
Post production: Studio Lamb
Mihály 
Környei, Zoltán Várfoki, András Kövér,
Antal Szvák, Mihály Fejér, Alexandra Poremba, Zsófia Eszter Molnár
Title Soundtrack: Rendben Man – Máté Felcser
Graphic Design: Dániel Blik
Photos: Bernadett Fejér

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By watching BP Underground on our website, you’re contributing to the making of the next episode. Feel free to contribute more as the team is working on this project out of their own resources, without any governmental funding.

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PRESS/NEWS

Our project’s, BP Underground’s second film, Hip Hop is completed!
Check out our brand new trailer!
New Hungarian Hip-Hop documentary is coming with Akkezdet Phiai and Animal Cannibals – index.hu
“Jó hírünk van! Nem sokára érkezik a BP underground hiphop film!” – jelentették be az alkotók a Facebookon. Koltay Anna és Turán Eszter tavaly jelentkezett a magyar punk és hardcore első 25 évéről szóló dokumentumfilmjével, amelyet aztán az Indafilmen is meg lehetett nézni, illetve ebben a cikkünkben írtunk is róla. A folytatás egy másik fontos, szintén komoly hazai múlttal...
We were born into a free world, yet many of us we were left disappointed – hvg.hu
Az underground szubkultúra a 80-as években fontos rendszerellenes megnyilvánulási formává vált a kommunista kultúrpolitika keretein kívül. Kevesebb szó esik arról, hogy a rendszerváltás utáni időszakban hogyan és mivé formálódott a budapesti underground. BP Underground címmel a 90-es és 2000-es évek földalatti zenei szubkultúráiról készül dokumentumfilm-sorozat, amelynek első, a hardcore-punk irányzatot bemutató része után a hiphop...
Support the new episode of BP Underground – offline.hu
A hardcore/punk után egy hiphop dokumentumfilmet is készít a BP Underground, azaz a Koltay Anna-Turán Eszter alkotópáros. Első alkotásuk újra elérhető a neten, a második elkészültét pedig bárki támogathatja, akár már most. Júliusban mutatták be a „BP Underground” című dokumentumfilm sorozat első részét nagy sikerrel a Toldi moziban. Egy rövid ideig online is elérhető volt, majd...
About the BP underground scene – M2
Documentaries about subcultures – film.hu
Három dokumentumfilm, három teljesen különböző világról Hogyan indult a magyar punk mozgalom? Mikor volt Magyarország a videojáték-fejlesztés központja? Hogyan kerül egy kis borsodi faluba, Sajókazára egy buddhista iskola – ismeretlen arcok, amelyek most feltárulnak. Bemutatunk három dokumentumfilmet a közelmúltból, amik az ország kevésbé ismert kulturális közegeivel foglalkoznak. BP Underground Rendezte: Koltay Anna és Turán Eszter...
About the Hungarian hardcore/punk scene – shockmagazin.hu
Hiánypótló dokumentumfilmet készített a magyar punk/hardcore-szcénáról Koltay Anna és Turán Eszter. A BP Underground a legendás zenekaroktól a kultikus helyek bemutatásán keresztül a közvetített üzenetig kalauzol. A mai napig meghatározza a Koltay Anna – Turán Eszter rendezőpáros tagjainak gondolkodásmódját az az inspiratív közeg, amelyben felnőttek, ezért a bemutatás mellett a most készített film egyfajta tisztelgés...
The presenter of ‘Virtuózok’ made a punk doc – fulesbagoly.blog.hu
BP Underground címmel dokumentumfilmet forgatott a magyar hardcore/punk világról Turán Eszter és Koltay Anna. Utóbbi a Virtuózok műsorvezetője, készítettünk is vele interjút nemrég. Az alkotást egy koncertekkel kísért esten mutatják be a Toldi Klubban július 4-én. A Facebook-esemény leírása szerint a Koltay Anna-Turán Eszter rendezőpáros tagjainak az az inspiratív közeg, amelyben felnőttek, a mai napig meghatározza gondolkodásmódját, ezért a bemutatás mellett...
Rebel and questioning everything – rockstation.blog.hu
Interjú Koltay Annával és Turán Eszterrel a BP Underground dokumentumfilm rendezőivel Már beszámoltunk róla, hogy elkészült a budapesti punk/hardcore színtér kialakulását bemutató dokumentumfilm. A BP Underground címet kapott alkotás kapcsán beszélgettünk egy kicsit a rendező hölgyekkel Koltay Annával és Turán Eszterrel. RS: Honnan jött az ötlet, hogy pont a budapesti hardcore-punk kultúráról készítsetek filmet? Eszter: Egy...
Screaming for freedom – index.hu
 Az mindig ingoványos terep, amikor egy zenei dokumentumfilm nem egy zenekart mutat be, hanem egy korszakot, mert mindig lesznek olyanok, akik hiányolják magukat, barátaikat a megszólalók közül, és nehéz azt is meghúzni, hogy egy adott érának hol van vége, ki vagy mi az, ami már nem kerül bele a filmbe. Saját finanszírozású dokumentumfilmet készített a...

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