The Horse Hospital is a progressive arts venue that is devoted to cinema and the other art forms, and is an oasis of the offbeat in busy Russell Square. The Horse Hospital claims its current striking residence is the only existing unspoilt example of a two-floor, purpose-built stable remaining for public acces. It has a huge archive of rare films and other material, and regularly hosts work and visits from underground artists, performance artists, filmmakers, alternative musicians, photographers, fashion designers, and writers. I've attended a few events myself and they are not kidding when they say they celebrate the unusual and the weird.
Closure risk be damned: the Horse Hospital continues to bring forth an eclectic series of films for the latter half of 2014. Coming up on 17th July (and serving as a 'Save the Horse Hosptal fundraiser) is a night of films from the notorious and celebrated American 'cinema of transgression' movement:
From the Horse Hospital Site:
"Peter Strickland, director of cult feature films ‘Katalina Varga’ and ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ and soon to be released ‘the Duke of Burgundy’ will screen his 15 min 1997 film ‘Bubblegum’ starring Nick Zedd and Warhol Superstar Holly Woodlawn. And Nick Abrahams, who’s exhibition ‘Lions and Tigers and Bears’ is currently on show at the Horse Hospital will screen ‘No Age New York’ from 1993, the first (but not best!) documentary on the Cinema of Transgression, including appearances from Lydia Lunch, Henry Rollins, Nick Zedd, Richard Kern and many others. 50 mins,
After the screenings, Nick will chat with Peter about the influence of the American Underground on both of their work and why they both looked to America for their inspiration in the 1990s. A talk and screening for all lovers of cult cinema about whatever happened to the underground, at the appropriately underground Horse Hospital."
The next night of 18th July also features an evening of 'Insect Entertainment' screenings, 'IT'S A BUG's LIFE..AND THEN YOU DIE"! See here for details.