VAMFF 2019: Kenneth Anger: Magick Lantern Cycle



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Fusing fashion and design with a surrealist aesthetic Kenneth Anger is an enigma and a unique voice in cinema. His inimitable style and unparalleled imagination have given rise to films of extraordinary visual power, including the nine short film works included in this rare theatrical screening of the newly restored, complete "Magick Lantern Cycle”. A cinematic magician, a legendary provocateur, author of the infamous HOLLYWOOD BABYLON series of books and the creator of some of the most striking and beautiful works in the history of film, Kenneth Anger is a singular creative force of energy. A major influence on everything from the films of Martin Scorsese, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and David Lynch. Anger’s work serves as a talisman of universal symbols and personal obsessions, combining myth, artifice and ritual to render cinema with the power of a spell or incantation. Selected works in this screening of the complete "Magick Lantern Cycle” include: FIREWORKS (1947), PUCE MOMENT (1949), RABBIT'S MOON (1950), EAUX D'ARTIFICE (1953), THE INAUGURATION OF THE PLEASURE DOME (1954), SCORPIO RISING (1963), KUSTOM KAR KOMMANDOS (1965), INVOCATION OF MY DEMON BROTHER (1969), LUCIFER RISING (1972). Session features pre-film introduction by Sally Christie and each ticket holder receives a complimentary glass of Prosecco upon arrival. Sally Christie is a writer, critic and educator from Melbourne, Australia. She has written for numerous publications with her research interests focusing on censorship and the occult in cinema and pop culture in education. Sally currently co-hosts Plato’s Cave, a film criticism program and podcast on Triple R FM . She has worked on film festivals such as Stranger With My Face International Film Festival, Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Monster Fest. Sally is a proud member of Melbourne based film collective, Cinemaniacs.