Music For Silents
Perhaps best known for being a founding member of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Steven Severin has spent a life immersed in music, creating and working as a musician, record company visionary, and now soundtrack composer. Music for Silents sees Severin performing a live soundtrack to a number of films. These include the neglected surrealist masterpiece The Seashell and the Clergyman, alongside a number of contemporary short films, including Aura Satz’s Magic Mirror Twins, I Put A Spell and Medusa and Bruno Forzano and Helene Cattet’s Chambre Jaune and L’Estrange Portrait. Also featured is the found footage work Venus.
Directed by Germaine Dulac and written by outsider artist and proto-surrealist visionary Antonin Artaud, The Seashell and the Clergyman was first screened in 1928 before Bunuel and Dali’s Un Chien Andalou. Rarely seen it is a masterpiece of avant-garde cinema.
Artist and writer Aura Satz’s work has been exhibited at the Victorian and Albert Museum, London, FACT, Liverpool, and the Tate Britain, amongst others. Her films Magic Mirror Twins, I Put A Spell and Medusa
Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s films are cinematic experimentations whose work is located in a world around giallo, leather and strange pleasures. Their film Chambre Jaune 2002 was awarded Best International Short at Stiges 2002 and L’Estrange Portrait was awarded Best Short Film at the Festival de Terror de Molins de Rei 2004.
Present your ticket stub from this film to get HALF-PRICE admission to In Conversation Steven Severin, Everett True and Cat Hope at 1:30pm Saturday 11th July and FREE admission to the Sonic Film and Music Documentary panel at 10:30am Sunday 12th July at WAAPA