Cinema of Transgression – a term coined by Nick Zedd in his 1985 manifesto to describe a particular New York underground filmmaking scene that pushed the boundaries of taste, politics and society. The loosely affiliated group included Zedd, Richard Kern, Beth B, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, David Wojnarowicz and others. This two-screening celebration features a cross-section of key works, significant both then and now.
Saturday 3 November
Nick Zedd, They Eat Scum, 1979, 70 min
They Eat Scum is Zedd’ s early DIY punk foray into feature length filmmaking. Originally shown in underground screenings in late-1970s and early-80s New York, the film continues to polarise audiences with its twisted humour and challenging structure and composition.
Richard Kern, You Killed Me First, 1985, 11 min
Kern’s short film You Killed Me First features Lung Leg in an early appearance, who would go on to feature in numerous Cinema of Transgression films. A still from You Killed Me First featuring Lung Leg was also used for Sonic Youth's EVOL album cover in 1986.
Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Nymphomania, 1994, 9 min
Hughes-Freeland’s black and white short Nymphomania recalls the early fairy-tale and myth filmmaking with a twist. Featuring a beautiful Nymph and an aroused Pan, the film reaches a shocking climax.
Please note: These screenings contain adult material that some viewers may find offensive.