The Burning Ones
FREE SCREENING - BOOKINGS REQUIRED FOR CAPACITY
“Too full of pathos and too ingenuous to be prurient"–
Susan Sontag on Flaming Creatures
DATE: 8 Mar 2018
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Institute of Modern Art
Presented as a partnership between Brisbane Queer Film Film Festival, Queensland Film Festival, the National Film and Sound Archive, and the Institute of Modern Art, this free screening, The Burning Ones, of queer experimental classics bends towards psycho-sexual liberation.
Source National Film and Sound Archive
Rare 16mm prints courtesy of the NFSA
Introduced by Dr Mark Cutler
Un Chant D’amour | Jean Genet, 1950 | 26 minutes
Set in a prison wing housing convicted murderers in solitary confinement, the action shifts from individual cells to the minds of the prisoners and the guard-voyeur together with symbolic images such as the final garland of flowers. There is a framework of narrative in the depiction of the prison and the prisoner's sexual misery and fantasies of homosexuality but there is no insistence on it. The title suggests a song - as much a melody with repetitions and refrains as a narrative
Swain | Gregory Markopoulous, 1950 | 20 minutes
An evocation of a subconscious rejection of the stereotyped masculine role. In a flight of fantasy, the isolated protagonist moves on a trance like journey of poetic action toward a climactic scene of self-realisation.
Flaming Creatures | Jack Smith, 1963 | 43 minutes
The films of Hollywood Z movie queen Maria Montez, and Josef von Sternberg with Dietrich, were points of departure for this dream-like evocation of a mythological Hollywood, 'a comedy set in a haunted Hollywood studio' as Smith described it. Flaming Creatures is comprised of ten scenes of uncertain polymorphous perverse sex accompanied by nostalgic and repetitive music were filmed on often murky and over-exposed film stock, minimally edited with deliberately obscured boundaries between the scenes—a key work of the American avant garde and queer cinema.