King of worms
This undertaking draws its inspiration from the cinematic masterpiece, "The Otherside of the Underneath," directed by Jane Arden in 1972.
Jane Arden was a pioneering figure in the British avant-garde film scene of the 1960s and 1970s. She was a writer, director, and performer who explored themes of gender, identity, and mental illness in her work. Arden's films were known for their experimental style and subversive content, challenging the norms of conventional cinema. One of her most significant contributions to the genre was her 1972 film "The Otherside of the Underneath," which continues to be regarded as a masterpiece of radical, experimental cinema.
"The Otherside of the Underneath" is a provocative and unsettling film that explores the experiences of a group of women in a mental institution. The film's main character is a schizophrenic woman named Emily, who is struggling to navigate her own internal landscape while also contending with the pressures of society's expectations. Arden's depiction of Emily's mental state is raw and unflinching, exploring the inner workings of the human psyche in a way that had never been seen before on screen. The film's experimental style, which combines documentary footage with surreal and dreamlike sequences, creates a hypnotic and immersive experience that stays with the viewer long after the film has ended.
Despite its critical acclaim, "The Otherside of the Underneath" was largely ignored by mainstream audiences at the time of its release. However, it has since gained a cult following, inspiring generations of filmmakers and artists to push the boundaries of cinema. The film's visionary and disturbing depictions of mental illness continue to resonate with audiences today, making it a seminal work in the canon of experimental cinema. Jane Arden's legacy as a filmmaker and artist continues to be celebrated, and her contributions to the genre of avant-garde cinema remain an enduring influence on contemporary filmmakers.
'Our father king of worms, multiplier of numbers, we have made a cross section of the facts, and come up with murder. Strength, little girl. is madness and madness is the persistent belief in ones own hatefulness. Lightning in the brain. Signals down the arm, persuading the fingers to conclude that which happened a very long time ago. when this light goes out we measure it against the sky. And the difference will ascertain the night of the witch howl.'
- Jane Arden, The other side of the underneath, 1972