CINEFIEND EXHIBITION BY JESSE BRECKON-THOMAS
Date Opens Wednesday 29th June
THIS MONTH’S BLACK BISON FILM LODGE IS ALSO AN ART OPENING INSPIRED BY CULT MOVIE POSTERS, FROM OUR OWN MASKED DJ, THE SCREAMING MEANIES – AND THE FILM SCREENING IS ONE OF ITS MOST CRAZED POSTERS, THE ITALIAN HORROR FILM “FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET”!
Masked DJ The Screaming Meanies, aka Gold Coast musician and artist Jesse Breckon-Thomas, brings his startling “CineFiend” art exhibit to the walls of Nambour’s Bison Bar, to coincide with their monthly Black Bison Film Lodge screenings.
Jesse’s “CineFiend” exhibition made its debut on the Gold Coast in April, alongside cult movie-inspired works from his mother Eva Breckon and several other Queensland artists.
“The inspiration behind CineFiend,” says Breckon-Thomas, “is to bring back to the foreground some lost and important poster art of the golden era of movie poster art. Growing up, I would go to my local video store and just look for hours at the art works and seeing the artwork encouraged me to want to see all the movies.
“It took over two months of non-stop painting action to get all the works together and create a movie poster collection. In order to get a real feel for the posters I was painting, I would find the soundtrack to the movies and have it playing while I was painting.”
Breckon-Thomas’ paintings draw from the German “Krimi” cycle, the ghoulish murder mysteries from the 1950s-70s based mainly on the pulp novels of British author Edgar Wallace, and the Italian “Giallos” of the 60s-80s, an even more over the top murder thriller named after the lurid yellow paperbacks they were inspired by.
“I am a long time fan of the Giallo films, and recently got into the Krimis. As I was watching a number of Krimis, to my eyes, there seemed to be a direct link between the two genres, and one thing they seemed to have in common, was the black leather glove killers. The more I watched, the more it seemed as if Krimis were the forerunners of many other genres to follow.”
The film screening this month is a rarer example of the Italian Giallo Thriller – the fantastic FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET (1971), directed by the master of the genre, Dario Argento, and featuring the classic Giallo trademarks – vicious killings, a mysterious assassin, red herrings galore, and a fantastic, almost psychedelic score by Ennio Morricone.