21 nov 2014

Begotten With a live soundtrack by The Begotten

21 Nov 2014
8:00 PM

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£6, 8pm for 8.30pm start

Begotten (USA 1990, Dir Elias Merhige) 72mins

With a live soundtrack by The Begotten (William Fowler, Justin Harries, Mark Pilkington)

God disembowels himself with a straight razor.

The spirit-like Mother Earth emerges, venturing into a bleak, barren landscape.

Twitching and cowering, the Son Of Earth is set upon by faceless cannibals as a new Aeon is born.

A film cultist’s delight, the breathtakingly stark Begotten presents birth, life and death as an endless procession of the damned, crawling through filth to a new aeon, accompanied by a soundtrack of cricket stridulations. Painstakingly shot and processed on black and white reversal film, director Merhige claims that each minute of film took ten hours to process and distress.

Banned in Singapore and long unavailable on DVD, Begotten has been described by Susan Sontag as “one of the 10 most important films of modern times”.

Tonight’s screening will be accompanied by The Begotten’s live, improvised soundtrack for guitar and electronics.