PENNY SLINGER: OUT OF THE SHADOWS - LE
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(Richard Kovitch, 2017)
Release date: 28 September 2020
Limited Edition Blu-ray (World Blu-ray Premiere)
The incredible, untold story of the British artist Penny Slinger and the traumatic events that led to the creation of her masterpiece, the 1977 photo-romance, An Exorcism.
Coming of age against a backdrop of post-war austerity and the subsequent explosion of colour that characterised the 1960s counterculture, Slinger embraced her generation’s quest for personal freedom and sexual liberation, and channelled these desires into her ground-breaking collages, sculptures, and films (including collaborations with Jane Arden and Peter Whitehead). So powerful was her vision that fifty years later her work is still influencing contemporary artists.
LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
High Definition presentation
Original stereo soundtrack
Audio commentary with director Richard Kovitch (2020)
Conversations in the Desert: An Audience with Penny Slinger (2019, 50 mins): the artist in conversation with writer and critic Chris Campion, recorded in Joshua Tree, California
Return to Lilford Hall (2020, 5 mins): short film by Kovitch, detailing Slinger’s return to the inspiration for her acclaimed book of collage pieces, An Exorcism, following a fifty-year absence
An Exorcism: A Private View (2020, 21 mins): video presentation of the groundbreaking series of collages first published in Slinger’s 1977 limited edition book
Lizzi Bougatsos + Kim Gordon x Penny Slinger (2019, 34 mins): live improvised music performance against a backdrop of Slinger’s early experimental 16mm films, recorded at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Live from Miskatonic trailer: promo for Slinger’s 2019 appearance at the Miskatonic Institute, Los Angeles
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet containing new writing on the film by Chris Campion, an interview with Penny Slinger by Richard Kovitch, analyses of Slinger’s artworks by Alissa Clarke and Patricia Allmer, and film credits
Limited edition of 3,000 copies
BBFC cert: 18