Wed 20 Feb '19 - Film

GHOST presents: Pinochet Porn by Ellen Cantor

Cantor’s final work
20:30
WORM

GHOST presents a screening of Ellen Cantor’s final and only feature-length film, Pinochet Porn. FREE FOR STUDENTS & CINEVILLE!

Cantor’s output as an artist was interdisciplinary and prolific. She is perhaps best known for her film works which embody an aggressive, sexualised, feminist, punk sensibility, that is at once a camp spectacle and searingly personal account. She appropriates tropes and images from Hollywood, pornography, news broadcasts and other sources and collages them into often funny, disturbing, raw, confessionals which mesh personal account and fantasy with broader political and social struggles.

Pinochet Porn (2008-16) is Cantor’s final work, produced in the last five years of her life and completed posthumously by her friends, cast and crew. An epic experimental piece, it obliquely revolves around the political discord in Chile during the regime of General Augusto Pinochet, but is equally a portrait of an extended moment in the New York/ London Avant Garde and the artists who compose it, many of whom are featured within the film.

Cantor’s 2004 series of eighty-two drawings, Circus Lives from Hell acted as an unconventional ‘script’ for the episodic narrative of the film, which follows the intertwined lives of five children and their maturation into adulthood. The work loosely follows the form of a tele-novella or soap opera, both tragic and comic and marked by a subversive sexuality.

The screening will be a solo presentation after a short introduction (all in English). Popcorn will be provided.

The film is rated certificate 18+ and is not suitable for children. Please be aware film contains explicit depictions of sex and violence including real archival footage. The event is free to students / by donation.

With thanks to Ellen Cantor estate, WORM Rotterdam and Electronic Arts Intermix.