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19:00 Sat 12 Jan 2013

The Horse Hospital The Horse Hospital

Three films and three live performances, all drawing inspiration from the varied world of cabaret and live

performance. Join Frank Chickens, Jonny Woo and a human suspension

demonstration from States of Bliss. 

ON TENDER HOOKS (Kate Shenton) is a independent feature film documentary about human suspension, the art of piercing meat hooks though the flesh and then suspending in mid air. Over the course of a year filmmaker Kate Shenton follows different groups of people in London, Croatia and Norway who practice this art as a private form of expression. Filmed in a fly-on-the-wall style, the film looks beyond the hooks; it explores how much the human body can achieve and the benefits this can have on the mind. 

Followed by a live demonstration of human suspension by States of Bliss 

FRANK CHICKENS – THE MOVIE (Robert Makin / Ollie Verschoyle): A portrait of the unique, ever-evolving pop performance group and their surprise win of the Fosters Comedy God award. Featuring interviews with Stewart Lee and Kazuko Hohki. 

Followed by a short live performance from the Frank Chickens

VINEGAR TO JAM (Edward Lawrenson / Ben Walters): Between 2004 and 2012, the cabaret space at Bistrotheque in Bethnal Green was one of the cradles of London’s groundbreaking alternative cabaret scene. A cramped, ramshackle black box wedged between a restaurant and a bar in an unmarked industrial building, it was transformed each weekend into a portal of divine and perverted glamour by the leading lights of this after-dark world. VINEGAR TO JAM documents two of Bistrotheque’s pioneering signature acts – ‘tranny superstar’ Jonny Woo and twisted alt-drag troupe the LipSinkers – from rehearsals to dressing room to stage, on the eve of a radical, irrevocable change in circumstances. We welcome Jonny Woo with a live appearance following the screening.

Followed by a live appearance Jonny Woo

Tickets are £6 via the booking link or on the door.

The Horse Hospital

Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London