Tuesday, 19 May 2009
A still from the shoot at Men - an - tol, Land's End.
After my brief but inspiring meeting with Kenneth Anger last week I am over the moon to find out that my film 'Le Bete' will be screened this Saturday alongside his 1954 film 'Inauguration of The Pleasure Dome'. The screening will take place at a one day festival in London called Occulture and the film will be screened on the BFI stage,once in the afternoon and once in the evening. The festival looks fascinating. http://occulture-festivals.com.
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
I am still on cloud nine after getting the chance to meet and have a chat with a huge hero of mine, experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger. Anger is one of the most innovative filmmakers of the 20th Century. As an octogenarian, Anger continues to make subversive and controversial films with recent films including a tribute to the suicide of his friend Elliot Smith 'Elliot's Suicide'(2007) and a film using archival footage of The Third Reich's Hitler Youth 'Ich Will'(2008).
Last night he was showing a more obscure film of his from 1950 called 'Rabbit's Moon'at the BFI. The film itself was only 17 minutes long. I enjoyed it but maybe not as much as his more occult based films from the 1960's and 70's. Either way it was amazing to see a film of his on the big screen.
The screening was followed by an insightful Q&A session with the director lead by writer and one time Blondie member Gary 'Valentine' Lachman. Anger is still incredibly astute and hilarious. I managed to track him down after the screening and was lucky enough to sit down and have a chat with him. I gave him my showreel with my film 'Le Bete' on it. I am hoping he might find it interesting as it was shot in Land's End at Men-an-tol, an ancient holed stone monument and one of Aleister Crowley' favourite ritualistic stomping grounds.
Monday, 11 May 2009
'Tingel Tangel' was my first film that I made way back in 2005. I had built the wooden dance machine for a fashion shoot and decided to make a moving image piece out of it. Paloma and Beatrice choreographed the movement. The dance machine was meant to parody the Busby Berkeley style chorus lines of the 1920's. The still pictures are by Daniel Jackson. To view the film click - www.kathrynferguson.co.uk/films/tingel_tangel/