We like a good flick around here as much as the next person.
However, occasionally, films come along which recommend themselves for their music as much as the pictures. (You know the ones – Vertigo, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Blue Velvet, The Sound of Music etc.. (No, he’s serious – Ed.))
And, on a related subject, the Finders Keepers record label is an endlessly fascinating source of musical treasures. Some of my favourite “so far off the point it’s back on the point” music of the last few years has come from FK (a habit helpfully fed by Plugd Records) – music of the Pakistani (Lollywood) film industry, Indian B-movie horror flicks, Jean-Claude Vannier’s vault of unreleased children’s television music, Turkish psych, Thai punk funk. It’s a veritable Rough Guide to forgotten out there music of the 20th century.
The man at the wheel of this archaeological project is Andy Votel (also Twisted Nerve, B-Music and others) and he makes a rare – we reckon – appearance in Cork this weekend, playing records in Gulpd on Friday night. Read the full story here.
THE FILMS OF JEAN ROLLIN
On 6-7 July, Triskel Christchurch hosts special season showcasing the finest cinematic works of Jean Rollin (1938-2010). A filmmaker revered by fantasy and horror enthusiasts for his hauntingly surreal, dreamlike and outrageous imagery. The Films Of Jean Rollin is presented in association with Twisted Celluloid, Plugd Records, Cork Film Centre, The Avant, Redemption Films and Finders Keepers Records.
Schedule of Events:
FASCINATION (NC) – 6 July @ 8:30pm
81 mins – France 1979 – Dir: Jean Rollin
“Playful, elegantly crafted and brimming with unforgettable images…Rollin at his very best” – Tim Lucas, Editor of Video Watchdog
DJ SET WITH ANDY VOTEL – 6 July @ 10:00pm in Gulpd
Andy Votel, co-founder of Finders Keepers Records (who have issued soundtracks from Jean Rollin’s films), will perform a DJ set in the Gulpd Café. He will also introduce the Fascination screening.
LES DEMONIAQUES (NC) – 7 July @ 1:30pm
100 mins – France 1972 – Dir: Jean Rollin
“A Poe-like study of guilt and revenge…one of Rollin’s most impressive yet atypical films” – Tim Lucas, Editor of Video Watchdog
LE FRISSON DES VAMPIRES (NC) – 7 July @ 3:45pm
95 mins – France 1971 – Dir: Jean Rollin
“Some of the most indelible poetic images and surrealist sequences of the horror cinema” – Tim Lucas, Editor of Video Watchdog
VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH JEAN ROLLIN– 7 July @ 6:00pm (FREE SCREENING)
In an interview conducted by film scholar Dr. Patricia MacCormack, Jean Rollin discusses the influences and themes that run throughout his work.
LA VAMPIRE NUE (NC) – 7 July @ 7:15pm
80 mins – France 1970 – Dir: Jean Rollin
“Rollin was one of the genre’s most dependable judges of macabre beauty and splendour” – Tim Lucas, Editor of Video Watchdog
LE VIOL DU VAMPIRE (NC) – 7 July @ 9:15pm
95 mins – France 1968 – Dir: Jean Rollin
“Le Viol du Vampire is a glorious puzzlement, like nothing else in the horror genre” – Tim Lucas, Editor of Video Watchdog
JR: DREAM THIS IN REMEMERBANCE OF ME (1 min, 2011), directed by Cork-based filmmaker Maximilian Le Cain, will precede LE VIOL DU VAMPIRE.
There is a special season ticket for the price of €26 (this includes membership).
Regular cinema prices apply for single performance tickets.
What a wonderful way to spend the weekend. We’re pretty sure you don’t need to be a crate-digger to have a hell of a time.
Down below are a couple of sound extracts from Fascination, which falls reliably in line with the B-Music/Séance Fiction mission statement – intriguing, unpredictable and potentially disturbing.