Scorpio Rising | Black Jackets and Choppers | Pedagogue | The Troublemakers

4 Short Films in the Naked Under Leather Series

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Scorpio Rising
Kenneth Anger, US, 1963, 16mm, 28 min.
A "high" view of the Myth of the American Motorcyclist. The machine as totem, from toy to terror. Thanatos in chrome and black leather.

Black Jackets and Choppers
John Carney, US, 1979, 16mm, 23 min.
John Carney and Gary Partlow’s cult documentary on West Coast biker culture.

Stuart Marshall & Neil Bartlett, UK, 1988, 10 min.
A short performance to camera by solo performer/dramatist Neil Bartlett. Pedagogue explores in comic style the possible implications of Clause 28. Through Clause 28, the British Government took powers to outlaw the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ in education and local government.

The Troublemakers
GB Jones, Canada, 1990, 20 min.
The Troublemakers
 follows the lives of four down-on-their-luck characters. Surrounded by the vestiges of conspicuous consumption, they struggle to survive outside of society, fashioning their own aesthetics of poverty and devising strategies to navigate a surveillance society, evading or performing for cameras everywhere.

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