This illustrated lecture traces the appearance of the infamous magus Aleister Crowley in cinema, as both a character and an influence. Gary Parsons follows him from earliest flickering images portraying him, through the Hammer horror era, and right up to the avant-garde. Along the way we meet Kenneth Anger, The Devil Rides Out, and a smattering of European art house films. We promise an enlivening evening with the Great Beast, celluloid-style. Gary Parsons is a film maker and a graduate in film from Goldsmiths College London. He has been interviewed for both Dazed and Hero magazines. He has previously spoken on ‘Witchcraft Documentaries of the 1970s’ and we are delighted to welcome him back to Treadwell’s.
Iconic American filmmaker Kenneth Anger has inspired generations of creative storytellers since the 1950s. He is a unique visionary who drifts from pure poetry within his magical filmmaking to sardonic gossip in his bestselling Hollywood Babylon books. In-between these extremes is a person who never tires of exploring his own creativity.
The film was the first for a newly founded company, Prana Film. Prana was started by Enrico Dieckmann and Albin Grau. Grau was an occult practitioner, and as part of the Fraternitas Saturni (“Brotherhood of Saturn”), Grua took on the name Master Pacitius. The Brotherhood’s focus was “the study of esotericism, mysticism,
U.S. label Cult Epics has dated its upcoming Blu-ray release of director Agusti Villaronga’s cult fantasy film Moon Child (1989), starring Maribel Martin, Lisa Gerrard, Lucia Bose, Enrique Saldana, and David Sust. The release will be available for purchase on April 24. Synopsis: Inspired by famed occultist Aleister Crowley’s 1923
Kenneth Anger is one of the greatest underground filmmakers, and is often categorised within the world of experimental or artists’ film. But his influence is too broad and his films – all of them shorts – too exceptional not to be known and appreciated more widely. He apparently prefers to
An interesting article in the Daily Telegraph from March 2016: Religious zealots and Illuminati-conspiracy theorists often claim that Hollywood is in league with the Devil, and that most or all of its stars sold their soul to get ahead. They’re wrong, at least in the literal sense (a few souls
‘Perdurabo’: Written and directed by Carlos Atanes. Cast: Toni Arteaga, Neus Bernaus, Alejandra Soler, Raúl Mena, Marta Timón, Colombia, Florence Coulais, Jordi Vilavendrell, Agustín Gálvez, Pee-Wee. Music by Xavier Tort. In time of Mussolini, a mysterious man travels to Sicily looking for famous British magician Aleister Crowley. But when he
The Disinformation website is giving away 5 DVD copies of the In Search Of The Great Beast dramatised documentary… In Search of the Great Beast 666 documents the chilling life, impulses and journey of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), one of the most controversial and mysterious characters of the 20th Century, infamously
Clive Barker’s serious interest in Magick is well-documented and has, over the years, manifested in some extraordinary books and films of Thelemic interest: On this day in 1987, a British horror film titled Hellraiser was released in the UK. Made on a budget of $1 million, the film ultimately grossed