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The Curse of Johnny Kline (3D)
This found footage project takes the form of four experimental films surrounding the mystery of the titular character. Rather than overtly appearing in each film, Johnny Kline is more a summation of the evils within the film as a whole: he is a monstrosity of cinema. By composing fragmented narratives and drawing on an array of found materials the films of Johnny Kline form a visceral and furious passage through the underbelly of found-footage cinema, where Kline is both a master of ceremonies and a spectre behind and betwixt each frame.
The latest materialist gesture in cinema's dematerialisation- uncompromising alter-ego Johnny Kline returns in the form of found and partially destroyed early 20th century pornography and found material depicting domestic scenes. Always inappropriate in his re-appropriation of found materials Kline brings the private and public realms together in the creation of a drive-in cinema and a child's discovery of a satan-worshipping cult. A marriage of Messe Noire (1928) and the Irish landscape captured from various formats including 16mm through a custom-designed telecine apparatus and finished in an anaglyph 3D process, The Curse of Johnny Kline stands alone in contemporary Irish underground cinema.