Buckle up: we’ve got some cheap thrills coming your way.
From famously grubby origins as a fairground attraction, film is looking pretty respectable these days: there are reviews in broadsheet newspapers, directors recast as ‘auteurs’ and the pomp and circumstance of international festivals.
But for all this, the movies have never been entirely co-opted into official ‘high-culture’. Part art form, part mass entertainment, they have always had a trashier side, and this has made it one of the great pleasures of cinema-going across the years. If we stick with only ‘good films’ and ‘acceptable’ content, well, we’re missing out on some of the greatest moments in all cinema.
In this spirit, we invite you to revel in some of the most interesting, most transgressive moments committed to celluloid, carefully curated by our team.
Featuring work by Catherine Breillat, Werner Herzog, Douglas Sirk and ‘Pope of Trash’ John Waters, among many others, this season of arthouse shockers, exploitation classics, ‘failed art movies’ and outrageous melodrama feature questionable morals, shocking endings, a bit of nudity and a whole bunch of raised-eyebrow moments.