Beat Films at BIFF + Wholly Communion

The Brisbane International Film Festival program has now been released and it features two of the films I have been hotly anticipating for some time.

Howl, starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg, which has been receiving rave reviews worldwide and William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, a feature length documentary featuring never before seen footage of Burroughs and interviews with Laurie Anderson, John Waters, David Cronenberg, Amiri Baraka, Anne Waldman, Diane DiPrima and a soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonci Youth.

Definitely two great reasons to get along to this year’s festival… sadly, I will be away for the duration of the festival, so if like me, you can’t get along and catch these films, here’s a treat for you…

I recently came across the film Wholly Communion, Peter Whitehead’s documentary of the legendary Beat reading at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1965. It was described as an evening of near-hallucinatory revelry and featured readings by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Alexander Trocchi, Adrian Mitchell & many others.

 Here are the links to watch (the majority of) the film, so get yourself comfortable (drinks, nibbles, whatever takes you…) and take in a slice of literary history!






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3 responses to “Beat Films at BIFF + Wholly Communion

  1. that is just too cool graham, great videos. wow
    and certainly you can catch those films somewhere
    later? thanx for the tip, i’ll be looking for them to appear near here probly the independents and arthouses…i think films like these stand beside any others when shown at film conventions like sundance, and then take a left at the fork when it comes to distribution, and yet there is a strong audience and it seems 2b building. enjoyed this immensely!

  2. jb

    i got tickets to both these films… and can’t wait!

  3. Thanks for the heads-up Graham, got my tickets booked to see “Howl”. Sorry that you have to miss out!

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