Bijou Electric Empire Forever & Fabrica present
The Seashell and the Clergyman on 16mm + Live Score by Drill Folly and Miles Brown
Thursday, 17th September, 7.30pm
Banned by the BBFC for causing ambiguous feelings of offense, this 1928 silent reverie by French filmmaker, theorist and critic Germaine Dulac broke the conventions of filmmaking. However, Dulac’s surrealist experiment was eclipsed by Bunuel’s Un Chien Andalou, which although made a year later, has been considered by many to be the first surrealist film. Dulac was there first. As a feminist writer, this oversight would have come as no surprise to her. The Seashell and The Clergyman unravels with dream logic –images disintegrate and overlap as impulses of desire, repression, power and longing play out in this occult-like vision.
Drill Folly is a producer working with found sound, sampling and manipulated instrumentation fused meticulously and reimagined through a maze of effects and synthesis in software.
Miles Brown is a thereminist and electronic artist.
Both from Melbourne, this is their first collaboration; a sonic exploration of their love of the darker and more experimental elements of Avant-garde film and music. The music will be composed especially for the live performance and an edited version of the soundtrack will be released as a result of the project.