Jesús Franco: Shooting at the speed of life

Date(s) - Thu. Jun. 11, 2015
7:00 pm GMT - 10:00 pm GMT

The Horse Hospital

Stephen Thrower

£10 advance / £11 on the door / £8 concs


During a career spanning more than fifty years, Jesús (‘Jess’) Franco created a strange and unique style of commercial genre filmmaking, bordering at times on the avant-garde. Obsessed with ‘aberrant’ sex, erotic horror and the writings of the Marquis De Sade, he took a resolutely personal approach to movie-making, and after spending the 1960s honing his technique on slightly more conventional projects he embarked in the 1970s on a sustained period of intensive shooting, making as many as ten or twelve films in one year. Shooting with a small crew, exclusively on location, he worked at a speed that allowed little time for the honing of a perfect finished product, instead creating a cinema of spontaneity, improvisation and caprice. Franco valued freedom above all: by combining a rapid-fire series of small-scale commercial film projects, a ‘creative’ approach to finance, and a dedicated passion for the sensational, he was able to carve his own niche and digress into the most extraordinary experimental ellipses. In this evening’s discussion, Stephen Thrower will explore Franco’s ability to juggle the commercial and personal dimensions of filmmaking through his confrontational works of horror, sadism and erotic spectacle.

**UPDATE: Due to a late shipment, the publisher of Stephen Thrower’s new book MURDEROUS PASSIONS: THE DELIRIOUS CINEMA OF JESUS FRANCO will not have the books available at the Miskatonic class. He will have an advance copy available for viewing and will be able to take pre-orders.

HOWEVER! Our pals at Cigarette Burns are presenting a screening of Franco’s VAMPYROS LESBOS at the Prince Charles Cinema on June 29th, introduced by Stephen Thrower, and rumour has it the books should arrive in time for that! Here is the link to their event: