Saturday, July 21, 2018

PLAY GROUND @ Ecstatic Visions, Brighton


Play Ground will screen as one of five 'new visionary films' selected by the wonderful Underground Film Studio to screen at this event in Brighton, UK, next Tuesday March 24th. In their words:

ECSTATIC VISIONS: Part 1

Five New Visionary Films Selected by The Underground Film Studio

As a part of our year-long residency at Exploding Appendix, we have been invited to present a selection of short films at their weekly research group in Brighton. We’ll be screening films by Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian, Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, David Finkelstein, Gurcius Gewdner plus one of our own shorts. The screenings will be followed by a discussion led by Bradley Tuck.

More info about the films here:https://tinyurl.com/y9ocdju8

Find out more about The New Visionary Cinema in the latest issue of Film Panic Magazine here: https://tinyurl.com/y8rycelc

Daniel & Clara


Wednesday, July 04, 2018

IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLUE RASCAL @ Phantoscope


Ever since I began programming experimental film screenings in Cork 12 years ago, Pierre Clémenti's rare underground masterpiece In The Shadow Of The Blue Rascal has been the movie I've most wanted to show. It's finally happening Triskel Christchurch Cinema next week!

Pierre Clémenti’s reputation as an actor and icon of the rebellious creative spirit of late ‘60s France is legendary. The small but visionary series of experimental films that he directed deserve to be equally well known. Hallucinatory products of a drug drenched underground, these very personal works pulsate with a dark and heady lyricism that never fails to build to a remarkable pitch of intensity.

His feature In The Shadow Of The Blue Rascal is no exception. Made on a shoestring between 1978 and 1985, this nightmarish science fiction noir is strongly reminiscent of William Burroughs’ fiction. In an alternate version of the present, the authorities of Necrocity hand over police powers to a band of vile gangsters in order to repress a revolution. The story follows the ill-fated wanderings of a vicious killer until an unexpected shift in the narrative questions everything that has come before. Shot in distinctively garish colours, this trawl through the decadent psychic underbelly of a sick society is built on a spine of stark political anger.

Screening details: https://triskelartscentre.ie/events/155/in-the-shadow-of-the-blue-rascal/