I’ve been looking back at the Cinema of Transgression, an underground film movement that happened during the 1980’s in New York. It was characterised by filmmakers like Richard Kern (You Killed Me First) and Nick Zedd (Thrust In Me) and the actresses Lydia Lunch and Lung Leg (poster girl for the movement). These renegade films had graphic sex and death scenes, but also humour from the improvised acting that still give these films a jagged edge. Packed with transvestism, punk rock and every other form of rebellion, these guys didn’t hold back! The red raw cutting together of the films and their complete and utter disregard for the filmmaking rule books is something to aspire to!
That’s Nick Zedd in his own film. He plays both the female and male lead. Drag it up dude!
And if you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Lydia Lunch before, this clip could be the best way to get to know her…
“maybe I shoulda been hung from a tree…shot in the face, maybe I should have drowned in my own puke?….. Wishful thinking.” L Lunch
Richard Kern also directed the awesome Death Valley 69 video (also starring Lung Leg) for Sonic Youth. Kim Gordon, you rule!!