Films 1

By Stewart Home
January 2009
DVD | ??:?? | Colour

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An ongoing program. New uploads may appear sporadically. Detailed notes on each film are available on the relevant page. This project is by arrangement with ubu.com

Feature Films

Short Films of the Eighties and Nineties

Going back in time, the first film I ever made was with a guy called Chris Wilson in the early eighties. It was called Wet Dream and features me writhing about in a chair. Chris had one of those old Polaroid video cameras and he used to get a lot of young men round to his flat in Hampstead where he’d film them. I then did a few films with the Scottish artist Pete Horobin. I think the first was Tower Bridge Exchange. In this three minute short I was doing super 8 camera work as well as appearing in footage. I then shot a twenty minute silent super 8 film of Pete Horobin pushing a pram – with a rubber rooster on the front and his camping gear inside where the baby should have been – around the Highlands of Scotland, which was called Pram 84. There were various other deliberately unpleasant shorts in the late-eighties including Refuse and Turn On, Tune In, Freak Out both made with Neil Aberdeen and with the latter incorporating genuine suicide footage. In the mid-nineties I was doing stuff with pop video makers Nick Abrahams and Mikey Thompson. We did promos for some of my books in pop video format including the AK Press titles No Pity and Red London. In these I would appear in skinhead drag doing stuff like sucking yoghurt off the toes of an ‘Asian babe’, or eating whipped cream out of the armpit of a ‘rock chick’. In the late nineties I also made stuff like Ut Pictura Poesis, a forty-five second short that attempted to do in condensed fashion what I felt Debord set out to achieve with his first feature film Screams In Favour Of De Sade. I appear in this ‘blipvert’ dressed in boxing gloves and a skirt and attempt to make the audience extremely self-conscious; the film concludes with the slogan – “long live revolutionary communism, long live the hermaphrodite international”. This got shown alongside the advertisements at independent cinemas in the UK in the late nineties. I understand it was seen by about half-a-million people. — Stewart Home