The Body Beneath (Milligan, 1970): BFI Southbank, NFT1 8.45pm
This looks fascinating. A screening from The Flipside team at the BFI.
I asked Will Fowler from The Flipside for the history and the ideas behind their screenings. He told me:
Here's their introduction to this night: Breaking from relentless work on the NYC grindhouse circuit, gay trash-meister Andy Milligan flew to England in the late 60s to direct this brilliantly rough-and-ready, gory, camp romp about an ancient vampire who lives next to Highgate Cemetery. Desperate to reassert his bloodline, the stately, charismatic ghoul - who dresses as a Reverend - must find a young descendant, supply them with fresh blood and stage a wild, sabbat-like feast for vampire friends from around the world. Originally shot in and around the cemetery on scraps of 16mm stock, through a greased lens, then later blown up for 35mm release, the film boasts a bizarre colour-drenched look which only enhances its peculiar dreamlike imagery.
The star of this film, Jackie Scarvellis, will also be present for a Q&A at this screening.
Take a look at this trailer.
There will also be a screening of 24 Hours: Highgate Vampire a short made by the BBC. Atmospherically shot in the dilapidated cemetery around the same time as the Milligan feature, this eerie, unsettling television news item reports on the infamous Highgate Vampire - and those who sought to lay it to rest.
The evening will be introduced by Will and his fellow archive curator Vic Pratt