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Rainer Werner Fassbinder
"All the most vile worms and decadent amoral creatures from the gutter were represented here tonight. These people are the wreckers of civilization."
--Genesis P. Orridge quoting Nicholas Fairburn.
"First Transmission" was filmed by "Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth" and is not a film with a narrative plot per se, but is in actuality a documentary of a brutal initiation ritual. The version of "First Transmission" that I watched is comprised of four segments including "Ritual Ov Psychick Youth", "The Dream Machine", "Thank You Dad", and "Individual Ov Power".
"First Transmission" was designed as an initiation ritual into the ways of Thee Temple of Psychick Youth. The "Ritual Ov Psychick Youth" segment was filmed in documentary style to capture the brutal ritual in unflinching although sometimes dimly light or poorly focused detail. The sheer verisimilitude of "Ritual Ov Psychick Youth" incited the "Satanic witch hunts" that resulted in the ousting of Genesis P.Orridge from England in the early nineties. The scenario plays out amid a cacophony of horns and rattles that rise and fall like a swarm of locusts and we watch as a young man, bound and naked, is kicked, whipped, dragged, and painted with offal over the next forty-odd minutes. The docu-style footage is broken up with montage shots of a woman undergoing scarification, quick flashes of pornography, and if this wasn't enough to shock the most seasoned and experienced viewers of filth, you get to see an enema as well. Not everything is shown clearly as there is an act of genitalia mutilation at the climax of the ritual which is mostly obscured.
Its easy to see how people could react much in the same way as Nicholas Fairburn. I myself felt thoroughly repulsed and sickened by the acts depicted in "Ritual Ov Psychick Youth". This is no doubt the exact reaction that Genesis P. Orridge had in mind for the viewers. Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth proclaims to be a cult that does not exist and seeks to help people fully actualize their own individuality through experiments designed to shock viewers and challenge their perceptions of social and sexual paradigms. This is not a film designed for the general public, but should be of interest to anyone interested in magickal rituals or sleaze hounds alike.
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