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THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE

USA, 2011 (MIFF 2011, Backbeat)

Director: Marie Losier

THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE

"A touching portrait of two kooky, kinky lovebirds who sought to become one 'pandrogynous being'." - Variety

There's no doubt that Genesis P-Orridge - outlandish performance artist, industrial-rock pioneer and founder of proto-punk band Throbbing Gristle - is a singular individual, a man pushing at the bounds of art, society and taste in all aspects of his life. When he met dominatrix Lady Jaye in the early 90s, he was swept up in a romance with an extraordinary culmination: they decided to use plastic surgery to become identical.

This debut feature from Marie Losier (Manuelle Labour, MIFF 2007) is a candid chronicle of a great love, one that peels away the outlandish news headline to paint an affecting portrait of conjoined artistic souls.

Winner of several awards, including Best Documentary Film at this year's Berlin film festival.

D Marie Losier P Marie Losier, Steve Holmgren WS Cat&Docs TD digibeta/2011

See also...

Manuelle Labor

Canada, 2007
“I have been making film portraits of my favourite artists… Guy Maddin was on the top of the list, but he told me he would rather die than have his face filmed - so I opted for his hands!' -… More »

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