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12 DECEMBER 2014

Sex Criminals: high-concept comic book about time freezing deviance

"Suzie's a normal girl with an extraordinary ability: when she has sex, she stops time. One night she meets Jon... who has the same gift. And so they do what any other sex–having, time–stopping, couple would do: they rob banks."

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2013alternative cartoons • alternative culture • arresting time • bank robbing • Chip Zdarsky • comedy seriescomic bookcomicscriminal actsdeviance • deviant desires • formal conceit • freeze time • frozen in the momentfrozen in timefrozen momentgraphic novelhigh concept • Image Comics • in media resindividual gaininterzoneliminality • Matt Fraction • mature readers • moment of climaxopportunityorgasmpetite mort • robbing banks • rule of law • sex comedy • Sex Criminals (comic book) • slice of frozen timespeculative fictionthefttime

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Simon Perkins
12 AUGUST 2012

Eau De La Vie: a nouveau debutante's moral dilemma

"Set somewhere in the near future, this black tale tells of nouveau debutante Catherine, who is being initiated into her friends' sordid cafe society world. She must choose from a small group of pre–purchased performers who will entertain the diners for the evening – but the 'entertainment' leaves Catherine fighting to the death for what she believes is right."

(New Zealand Film Commission)

Fig. 1,2 Simon Baré (1994). "Eau De La Vie", duration: 13 minutes, 35mm, colour.

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199435mmAotearoa New ZealandAustralasiablack talecafe societycruelty • Dark Tales (compilation) • David Geary • death • debutante • dinnerdisturbing tale • Eau De La Vie • entertainment • Eric De Beus • ethical dilemma • gratification • high concept film • Janet Roddick • Jeff Boyd • Kirsty Hamilton • kiwi short films • Mick Rose • moral dilemmaNew Zealand cinemaNew Zealand Film CommissionorgasmPeter Daube • Richard Bluck • sadistic • Sarah Smuts-Kennedy • short film • Simon Bare • speculative fictionThe Coming of Age of The New Zealand Short Filmweirdness

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Simon Perkins
25 NOVEMBER 2008

Liquid Sky: pleasure-seeking alien lands in downtown New York and gets caught up in a world of casual sex and heroin abuse

"A time–capsule cult movie from 1982: A pleasure–seeking alien lands in downtown New York and gets caught up in a world of casual sex and heroin abuse (the title itself is slang for 'heroin') by insinuating itself into the lives androgynous hipsters Margaret and Larry (both played by Anne Carlisle). Curiously cool, with plenty of early '80s fashion, a vivid colour scheme and a weird, pulsing electronic score.
Dir Slava Tsukerman US 1982, 112 mins, cert 18"

(Institute of Contemporary Arts, UK)

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1980s1982alienandrogyny • Anne Carlisle • art filmcasual sexcinemaclubbingconsumptioncoolcounterculture • crystal sceptre • cultdesigndesigner drugsdeviancedrug addiction • electro • electronic musicexcessfashionfashion modelfilmfuturistic • heroin abuse • Liquid Sky (1982) • make-upNew Yorkorgasmpsychedelicpunkrapesci-fiscience fictionspace shipspectaclesubculturesubversion • synth punk • synthesized musictransgression • Tsukerman • undergroundUSA

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Simon Perkins
09 JUNE 2004

Beatscript for the short film A Little Death

The beatscript (screenplay) for the short film 'A Little Death' was written during late 1993 and early 1994. The project progressed from a earlier screenplay idea involving a motorist being caught in a frozen–moment. The beatscript was written jointly by Simon Perkins and Paul Swadel and was eventually funded as a 16mm film by Creative NZ.The following is an extract from the 10 page beatscript:

INT. BEDROOM. DAY.
(COLOUR)
black, a click, then fan noise
– a distant airborne squadron hums
a blind flicks up to reveal sky through a lace curtain
lacy shadow–softly plays over JEANNE's torso at the window
she wears a red silk pyjama top
JEANNE turns to see JULES lying on the bed smoking
he's wearing the pj bottoms
he looks up at her
and pinches off the tip of the cigarette with his fingers
burns himself – curses and slams it into a bedside ashtray
...

Fig.1 Natalie Robertson (1994). Simon Perkins coaches Josephine Davison in preparation for shooting a scene.

Fig.2 Natalie Robertson (1994). Paul Swadel and Peter Bannan prepare for shooting Jo's falling scene.

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Simon Perkins
24 FEBRUARY 2004

A disturbing little film called A Little Death

"It's a long time since I've seen a film as genuinely disturbing as A Little Death. The title refers to the phrase 'un petite mort'. French slang for orgasm. This surreal film explores all the ambiguity of that phrase to devastating effect. A couple are making love. Or rather having sex – the hostility between them is palpable. The moment of climax flings them both into another dimension where the emotional savagery of their relationship is played out for real. Luscious colour photography gives way to crisp black and white, as Davison crashes through their bed into an identical room where everything, including her lover, is literally two–dimensional, bleached of life but tilled with an almost impersonal hatred. The tension that previously simmered beneath the surface is unleashed in images of extraordinary violence. Brophy, trapped in the 'wallpaper' of this unnatural room, can only scream as she takes her revenge. This ambitious script is well supported by its technically immaculate execution. It is tightly constructed, beautifully edited and the superb soundtrack is unusually effective, an integral part of the film rattler than (as too often happens) an afterthought. Much of the power of the film has to do with its purely visual logic, it didn't start to make sense to me until I stopped trying to figure out what was going on and just let the images wash over me. This is one of those rare films that can stand repeated viewings (providing you can) and serious philosophical debate, despite the fact its violent take on gender relations is more than a little disturbing. A Little Death is an uncommonly brave and passionate piece of filmmaking that stays in the mind long after it's been seen."

(Pavement magazine, 1995)

Fig.1 Simon Perkins and Paul Swadel (1994). "A Little Death", James Wallace Productions: 16mm, 11 minutes. [A Little Death externalises conflict between characters through the use of physical obstacles and camera perspectives. The film is an evolution of the "Into The Void" project.]
Fig.2 Natalie Robertson (1994). Josephine Davison is confused to find herself on a photocopied floor.

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Simon Perkins
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