Safe As Milk Festival will feature its own custom cinema to add yet another dimension to your weekend, with stunning music documentaries by day and skin-crawling horrors and psychological disturbances – all with classic OSTs – by night.
So from 11.30am on Saturday and Sunday, we bring you 4 great cinematic music exposés that peer deep into the world of some very singular music makers. These include Don Hardy’s great movie about one of the main attractions of the weekend, Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents – you’ll be well aware that The Residents have been creating and curating their own uniquely bizarre universe of music and art for over 4 decades now and the film sees Don travel the world with the band during their 40th anniversary shows to talk to fans, critics and fellow musicians as he tries to fathom their endless enigma.
Tyler Hubby’s endearing journey into the world of that late, great drone-maker and experimenter, Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present, is a truly joyful film – like spending 2 hours in the close company of the nicest man you never met and a genuine musical one-off to boot. We also present Jef Mertens’ 2016 film A Pollock Of Sound, a thrillingly caterwauling exploration of the 30 years of the post-jazz/noise trio that is Borbetomagus. We see the band in excruciating action and hear from them and friends/admirers/collaborators including Thurston Moore, Chris Corsano, Hijokaidan and others on just how the trio of Jim Sauter, Don Dietrich and Donald Miller make those extremes so goddam enjoyable.
We’re also privileged to bring you the very first showing of a brand new documentary – in fact, so privileged that we can’t even tell you what it is yet but be assured you’re in for a major treat, followed by a Q&A with the film’s subject hosted by Luke Turner of The Quietus.
And coming the witching hour on Friday and Saturday night, the mood turns to blind terror and occasional, gratuitous bloodletting. The Abominable Dr Phibes stars the peerless Vincent Price in the title role, a deranged organ player seeking systematic revenge on a list of doctors tenuously connected to the death of his wife after a failed operation, all soundtracked by the great Basil Kirchin.
Peter Strickland’s instant classic Berberian Sound Studio stars Toby Jones and relates the experiences of a British foley artist working for an Italian horror film studio – are his ever-more unsettling perceptions based in reality or is he really losing his mind? A deliriously beautiful, if unsettling, film soundtracked by the much-missed Broadcast.
German one-off and cinematic maverick Werner Herzog revisited the dark dawn of the silver screen with his remake of Nosferatu in 1979, Klaus Kinski reprising Max Shreck’s repellent-yet-seductive title role. Like all the best Herzog movies, it sucks you into a whole new world of his creating – and with a soundtrack by the great Popol Vuh, how can it fail?
And what late-night film programme would be complete without Tobe Hooper’s infamous Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Looking like the worst acid experience you ever had, this is the story of five young innocents besieged by a family of cannibals armed with power tools. Not for those of a nervous disposition, all the more so thanks to Hooper and Wayne Bell’s sonic dressing.