Peter Whitehead Retrospective & Myth Magick and the Movies seminar

Thanks to thiebes

The Labia Theater in association with the Goethe-Institut and the British Council present ‘The Works and the Image, the films of Peter Whitehead. 15th to 28th June at the Labia in Cape Town, SA.

MYTH, MAGICK AND MOVIES is a unique seminar which will explore the interior consciousness or possibilities within cinema, investigating the magickal elements thereof; the idea of filmmaker as Magus, as Pan, and the filmic experience as that of chaos, or as tantric, Panic, transcendental. On the panel are Lionel Snell, Rosemary Lombard and Trevor Steele Taylor. June 21 at the Labia. Original press release at:

http://www.filmmaker.co.za/readarticle.php?article_id=787

Legendary filmmaker, author, lover of some of the world’s great beauties, occultist and falconer to Arab princes; Peter Whitehead was at the heart of Swinging London and the counter culture of the sixties.

He filmed the Rolling Stones in drag, Allen Ginsberg at the Royal Albert Hall, Peter Brooks anti-Vietnam war play US, Columbia University in turmoil in 1969 and the sexual manifestations of a young girl’s love for her daddy. A leading light in documentary filmmaking, Whitehead’s work is inspirational and original.

The unique seminar MYTH, MAGICK AND MOVIES will be held on Thurs 21st June at 8.30pm at the Labia on Orange. Cape Town R20 per ticket 021 424 5927

Also scheduled is the seminar MYTH MAGICK AND MOVIES
A Seminar as part of the Peter Whitehead Retrospective
Venue: The Labia on Orange
Date: Thurs 21st June 2007
Tickets: R20

Is there life beyond the blockbuster? Is there more to film than entertainment or the elitist construct of the discerning audience of the art movie? Is there another level, something deeper? Is there mesmerism, transcendentalism and the flicker of alchemical wonder- a kind of magick in film? Many filmmakers have believed it to be so. Have you heard of Harry Smith, Kenneth Anger, Donald Cammell, Alejando Jodorowsky, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Maya Derren? Perhaps you have just discovered Peter Whitehead.

“By mixing intentionally the cinema to other art forms, Peter Whitehead becomes defender of a new form of cinema which is not ‘multi-media’ art, nor is it mainstream cinema but something rather more powerful” Dionysus Andronis

MYTH, MAGICK AND MOVIES is a unique seminar which will explore the interior consciousness or possibilities within cinema, investigating the magickal elements thereof; the idea of filmmaker as Magus, as Pan, and the filmic experience as that of chaos, or as tantric, Panic, transcendental.

On the panel are Lionel Snell, Rosemary Lombard and Trevor Steele Taylor:

Lionel Snell is a communications consultant who also maintains a life long interest in occultism and the relationship between rationalism and magick. He was plucked from an obscure corner of the Cotswolds by a series of scholarships that led to studying pure maths at Emmanuel College Cambridge, then teaching at Eton. Lionel has studied deeply in the Crowley archives and facilitated press relations at the London Crowley Art Exhibition in the mid nineties. He was the secretary for the OTO (Ordo Templi Orientis) and gave seminars at the Thelema Beyond Crowley Conference. He is an acknowledged master and world expert in Chaos Magick, and under his pseudonym Ramsay dukes has published a number of books dealing with the occult. Among these Thundersqueek and SSOTBME. He is also credited with having performed the Abramelin ritual.

Rosemary Lombard is a social anthropologist. She studied ethnographic documentary at the University of Cape Town, where she made a short documentary dealing with the relationship between a traditional Xhosa healer from the Eastern Cape and the woman by whom she is employed as a domestic worker in Cape Town, a “New Age” practitioner of several alternative ritual healing techniques. She has worked as a documentary researcher, as well as on the Encounters Film Festival. She coordinated the Out In Africa Telling Tales workshop for first-time filmmakers in 2005. In her spare time, she is a popular deejay and dabbles in creating experimental music.

Trevor Steele Taylor is a noted South African Film critic and Director of the Grahamstown Film festival. He is and has been Programme Director for many other festivals including The Cape Town International Film Festival, The Weekly Mail and Guardian film festival and various Labia Film festivals. His faith in film as a channel into other planes of consciousness is central to his regard thereof. To him, Alistair Crowley is an important guide into the appreciation of magickal power that exists all around us. These beliefs and his lifelong interest in occultism have taken him into the realms of Kenneth Anger, Harry Smith and Donald Cammell. He asserts that If and Performance changed his life; he is happy to watch films by Sam Peckinpah.

For further information visit www.labia.co.za or call 021 424 5927

An exercise of the true will organised by Trevor Steele Taylor and Andrea Pienaar

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