28 November, 2019 7:00 PM

Santa Sangre

Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mexico / Italy, 1989 | 123 minutes

30th anniversary screening of the surrealist epic by the one and only writer, director, mystic, Alejandro Jodorowsky.

A hallucinatory, dreamlike study of an individual’s disturbed psyche; the line between truth and imagination blurs in this surreal universe. A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatised as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre (“Holy Blood”), and then commit suicide. Back in the present, he escapes and rejoins his surviving and armless mother. Against his will, he “becomes her arms” and the two undertake a grisly campaign of murder and revenge.

This special screening will precede a talk on psychic surgery from writer, filmmaker, publisher, and founder of Strange Attractor Press; Mark Pilkington. A conduit of esoteric and fringe cultures, Mark has written for The Guardian, Wire, Frieze, and The Quietus.


Mark Pilkington

Mark Pilkington founded Strange Attractor in 2001 and the Press in 2004. He is the author of ‘Mirage Men’ (2010), which was made into a feature documentary film in 2013, and ‘Far Out: 101 Strange Tales from Science’s Outer Edge’ (2007). His writing has appeared in publications including Fortean Times (where he was a contributing editor) The Guardian, Frieze, Boing Boing, Sight and Sound, the Wire and various anthologies and catalogues. Mark is also half of the experimental synthesiser musical duo Teleplasmiste.