Sex, sleaze, drugs, blood, and much, much more!
This late night programme explores overflowing carnal passion, unleashed desire and outrageous fortunes in a selection of Mike Kuchar’s most outrageous and overripe works. Ranging from homoerotic reveries to paranoid fantasises, featuring the iconic video Statues in the Park 1966thatfollows two downtrodden strippers whose spirits are lifted when they find an obliging ‘beefcake’ in the form of underground cartoonist Mike Diana. Cupid’s Infirmary 1995 is a rancid melodrama, bathed in lip gloss and washed down with a cocktail of ennui and laxatives! Starbound 2012 is a mind-altering journey into the perverse world of Californian religious cults and probe happy aliens. The programme will conclude with one of Mike’s most outlandish works, Splatter Movie 2011 a depraved demonic horror movie made with a cast of New York punks and a large helping of sex, sleaze and lashings of fake blood.
Presented by Mike Kuchar in person
Statues in the Park
Mike Kuchar, USA 1996, video, colour, 19 min
Two strippers decide a walk in the park might lift their spirits, which do get a big boost when they contemplate a park monument dedicated to sailors in this audacious, ‘beefy’ romp. Featuring Mike Diana, an underground cartoonist famously arrested for obscenity for his work.
Mike Kuchar,USA 1995, video, colour, 25 min
Armed with an ample supply of false eyelashes and lip gloss, this Soap Opera in ‘drag’ about sex-starved ‘She-Men’ in heat is rancid drama at its smelliest!
Mike Kuchar, USA 2012, video, colour, 47 min
‘At the “Institute for Metaphysical Research and Spiritual Wellness”, crackpots, perverts and guitar strumming UFO abductees struggle with the supernatural and their own carnal needs.’ Mike Kuchar
Mike Kuchar, USA 2011, video, colour, 17 min
A young group wander into a Demonic ritual looking for a wild time but unprepared for the excesses it will unleash.
Programme duration: 108 min
Tate Film is supported by Maja Hoffmann / LUMA Foundation