Robbe-Grillet, I am Divine, The Beast
Led by Toby Amies’s deeply human portrait of former gay underground icon Drako, aka The Man Whose Mind Exploded, July is all about documentaries focusing on extraordinary lives. While Finding Vivian Maier shines an overdue light on the former Chicago nanny turned secret street photographer, Jeffrey Schwarz’s I am Divine revitalises the cult queer icon famous for his appearances in John Waters’s early films.
Also returning to the big screen are two great works of cinema, in very different styles: Orson Welles’s mirrored mystery noir The Lady from Shanghai and Seijun Suzuki’s yakuza delirium Branded to Kill, also released in a dual format Blu-ray/DVD edition this month.
Other July home entertainment highlights include the BFI’s much anticipated Alain Robbe-Grillet box-set, Jeremy Gardner’s horror drama The Battery, and the second instalment of Video Nasties. As part of our ongoing celebration of Walerian Borowczyk we review two of his masterpieces, The Beast and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne while in Short Cuts we look at his ground-breaking animation.
Ahead of their summer event, we have an interview with the team behind female-friendly London erotic film night La Freak Smut Cinema. In Alter Ego, author Emma Jane Unsworth is Tina from Sightseers while Oh! Gunquit take over this month’s Film Jukebox. Our latest Dominion of Canada report focuses on independent comedy The Animal Project and our Cine Lit column looks at Italian film in the fascist era, the new wave of TV series and Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill!.■