Curated Place is very excited to hear from Mr Bren O'Callaghan about one new project coming to Manchester as part of the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival taking place throughout October - the UK premiere of All About Evil, in new and improved 4d!
On Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of October Joshua Grannell's drag-alter ego Peaches Christ brings his/her feature length directorial debut to Cornerhouse and with it what promises to be a night at the movies that you'll never forget. Described as a "darkly comic, gore-spattered comment that pits classic splatter and historic B-Movies against XXX torture and contemporary gorno" All About Evil is a movie and experience borne out of Midnight Mass - an occasional late-night feast of guilty filmic pleasures that sporadically occurs at the Bridge Theatre, San Francisco and has grown into an underground phenomenon over the last 10 years.
A celebration of trash, bad-taste and underground movie making Midnight Mass has gained cult status, not so much for offering the opportunity to savour the best of the bottom-of-the-barrel on the big screen, but for the accompanying pre-shows that deliver high-campery stage productions, guest stars, and drag spectacles in order to prime the audience for acts of rabid participation encouraged throughout the screenings. B-Movie classics that have graced the bill to date include Showgirls, Purple Rain and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1 & 3, not that rubbish second one).
Not content with simply showing films Grannell always took the opportunity to slip in a series of his own shorts to the proceedings - eventually building his confidence, skills and audience to the point where he has transformed himself from outrageous MC to outrageous auteur.
The product of this transformation is a schlock masterpiece that tells the twisted tale of a theatre owner who, on discovering her audiences have an insatiable appetite for gore, decides to make and show her own snuff films in her ailing movie theatre. However, with the story taking place in the world of Peaches Christ the events on screen promise to spew out into the auditorium of Manchester's finest (and only) arthouse cinema blurring the lines between fiction and reality, and promising a darkly comic ride for all involved - just make sure you're dressed for the occasion.
Tickets are selling like hot-cakes and available now online at only £15.
However, for the truly committed Manchester's own sustainable fashion emporium, Junk, are offering the chance to take part in two "Hammer-Glamour" workshops where participants will be furnished with the means and materials to create the very best in Midnight Mass gore-couture on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September from 12 - 6pm for £120 (including VIP entry to the screening the week after). Call Junk to book on 0161 238 8517.