The story of revolutionary queer punk zine available on Vimeo.
This underground-styled short can trace its lineage from the early 8mm works of Derek Jarman through the sex-magick videos of Psychic TV both visually and thematically.
Narrator, Scott Treleaven, tells the story of the Salivation Army zine produced by a group of queer punks, from its early unexpected popularity to the start of a Psychic TV influenced cult following that ultimately raises moral questions. As the group question the reactions to their zine they begin to drift away from each other and their earlier revolutionary sex magical euphoria.
A collage of images and ideas that explore the queercore sensibility effectively and provocatively.
This Is the Salivation Army was a ‘queer pagan punk’ zine, produced by artist Scott Treleaven from 1996-1999. The film tracks the rise and demise of Treleaven’s publication and the strange cult it spawned:
“Blurrily combining evocative enactments of cult-like activities with genuine evidence from the project’s epoch, the film lyrically represents The Salivation Army as a brief movement in history—both inspirationally realized and pointedly imaginary. As Treleaven explained in the film’s voiceover, the best thing for The Salivation Army was not to be unique, but to be part of an ongoing history. These historical inspirations are unmistakable—from the cult musician/performer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and writers William Burroughs and Brion Gysin to the most evocative influence: late-radical-queer-punk filmmaker Derek Jarman.” — Matt Wolf (‘Wild Combination’, ‘Teenage’)
The Salivation Army (2002)
Written & Directed by
Michael Barker, Kevin Drew, Will Munro, and Scott Treleaven (narrator)
Miguel Rocha, Scott Treleaven
Chandra Bulucon, Simone Moir, Scott Treleaven
KC Accidental, Psychic TV, The Electric Newspaper
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