Posts Tagged ‘punishment park’

Apparenlty Inspired By Punishment Park

June 30, 2010

M.I.A.’s “Born Free” video directed by Romain Gavras, the son of Costa-Gavras (of Z fame),  seems to be clearly inspired by Peter Watkins Punishment Park, which we screen this week at NWFF. The video has apparently been banned from youtube for its graphic content so you’ll have to watch it here. There is a small youtube making of video which looks like a promo for something called the ultimate arm. You can see that below. For you M.I.A. fans, come out this weekend to the film that inspired this remarkably realistic music video.

More context than you know what to do with for “Punishment Park”

June 30, 2010

It is not often that a distributor provides such an exhaustive supply of related materials for the films that we show. The media kit for Punishment Park was so informative and thorough, I feel I’d be remiss if I did not share it with you, since it’s unlikely we’ll find this kind of context in any new critical reviews. In addition to the essay and filmmaker biography posted below (click for a bigger version), you can download the original 1971 press kit here, and an even more complete selection of press responses to the film here.

As film writing as well as a history lesson, it all makes a fascinating read. Enjoy, and you can catch Punishment Park at Northwest Film Forum July 2-8.


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