August 16, 2009 06:55am
Sexploitation Film Season
Source: British Film Institute
by: Company Press Release
(LONDON, UK) -- It's going to be a sizzling September and an outrageous October at the British Film Institute Southbank Theatre in London, UK where a major season of films will celebrate the 50th anniversary of seminal skin flick the Immoral Mr Teas and the birth of the American Sexploitation film genre.
In recent years, the dedicated efforts of cult film enthusiasts have rescued these once-derided products of Hollywood's shadow industry from obscurity, discovering the diamonds in the dirt, uncovering their fascinating histories and bringing belated recognition to the mavericks who made them.
Now, in a programme which demonstrates the diversity of the genre – from sunny, funny nudie-cuties to grim and grueling roughies – glossy Euro-dramas to gritty, no-budget noir – campy kitsch favourites to lost masterpieces – films from cinema's least respectable genre are to be lauded at one of the world's leading film theatres.
The season centres on three distinctly different directors – Russ Meyer, Radley Metzger and Joseph W Sarno - and one legendary producer – David F Friedman. Highlights include Joseph Sarno's Come Ride the Wild Pink Horse and Scarf of Mist, Thigh of Satin, long thought lost, and we are especially delighted to welcome Mr Sarno who will talk about his career on 1 October.
In addition, a selection of cult classics and cinematic rarities will demonstrate the many directions that Sexploitation took during the sixties and seventies. And, to put it all in context, we proudly present the UK premier of Schlock, the Secret History of American Movies, a candid documentary about the creators of these ribald cinematic artifacts, introduced by director Ray Greene.
Julian Marsh says: ''Twenty years ago, I was a clean-living innocent. And then I met William Margold who introduced me to the world of adult entertainment and corrupted me forever. I cannot thank him too much. This season is my way of expressing gratitude to Bill and to the industry as a whole, for the many great times it's given me and the many wonderful friends I've made.''
Booking: www.bfi.org.UK / 020 7928 3232