I haven’t posted much on these pages over the last few months as I’ve been dedicating most of my free time on a new project: since the start of the year, my good friend Annabel Brady-Brown and I have been working on the debut issue of Fireflies: a film zine.
Though it meets as good as none of the defining criteria of a zine, we felt ‘zine’ captured the spirit the project more accurately than ‘journal’ et al. For each issue, we pick two directors whose work we love and we invite writers and artists to contribute – what they contribute is entirely up to them, our only requirement is that their contribution be a personal and creative response to one or more films by the given directors.
For our first issue, we chose Pier Paolo Pasolini and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. We were blessed with a truly amazing range of short stories, essays, poems and visual art from 16 different contributors and after much blood, sweat and tears, we’ve finally managed to complete the issue, which totals 96 gorgeous pages. We sent it to the printers this week and now we’re eagerly awaiting the delivery of our 500 copies.
Here’s the two beautiful covers for Fireflies Issue #1, featuring artwork by Sudanese artist Dar Al Naim Mubarak, and below you can take a peek at what’s inside:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
- Thoughts on Filming Miracles, by Alison Smith (Liverpool, UK): This essay considers the challenge Pasolini tackled in making Teorema: How does one represent a miracle on film?
- Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground, by Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir (Reykjavík, Iceland): A poem inspired by Pasolini’s The Gospel According to Matthew.
- Anteinferno, by Octavia Bright (London, UK): This short story’s sexually voracious protagonist finds a similarly inclined partner online, hoping to enact the fantasies aroused by Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom.
- Interview with Ninetto Davoli, by Giovanni Marchini Camia (Berlin, Germany): Ninetto Davoli, Pasolini’s close friend and muse, spoke to me about his friendship with the legendary director and about the nine films they shot together.
- Luis Miguel Bendaña (Chicago, USA), inspired by The Gospel According to Matthew
- Leith Maguire (Melbourne, Australia), inspired by The Hawks and the Sparrows
- Anna Marchini Camia (Bern, Switzerland), inspired by Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
- Ned McAliece (Melbourne, Australia), inspired by The Canterbury Tales
- John Waters (Baltimore, USA), inspired by the pimpled youths in Pasolini’s films
- The Arboreal Filmmaker, by Vadim Rizov (New York, USA): This essay explores the key role played by the jungle in Apichatpong’s filmography.
- thirdworld Syndrome, by Jon Auman (High Point, USA): A poem-cum-review of Apichatpong’s early short thirdworld.
- Open Plan, by Eloise Ross (Melbourne, Australia): By assessing the link between architecture and Apichatpong’s cinema, this essay evaluates the transcendental experience of watching his films.
- Watching Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives in This New House I Just Moved Into in Darlinghurst, by Oliver Mol (Melbourne, Australia): The title captures it quite well.
- Interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul, by Giovanni Marchini Camia (Berlin, Germany): Speaking to Apichatpong easily ranks amongst the highlights of my professional career thus far.
- Aaron Billings (Melbourne, Australia), inspired by the animal spirits in Apichatpong’s films
- Leith Maguire (Melbourne Australia), inspired by Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Grégoire Perrier (Paris, France), inspired by the eroticism of the jungle in Apichatpong’s films
- Ole Tillmann (Berlin, Germany), inspired by the monks in Apichatpong’s films
Excited? Our launch is on the 4th of July. If you’re in Berlin, come by our launch party at the jungle-themed bar Dschungel (Friedelstraße 12, Neukölln). There will also be a Melbourne launch on the 23rd of August at Longplay (318 St George’s Road, North Fitzroy). Copies can also be ordered on our website.