OTHER, LIKE ME:
THROBBING GRISTLE + COUM Transmissions
Presented by Groovesooter in Sydney/Melbourne
• 6.30pm, Fri Nov 26, 2021
• 5.30pm, Sun Nov 28, 2021
Golden Age Cinema + Bar, Surry Hills
(Rescheduled from Aug due to Lockdown)
Rated R18+ Contains Nudity + Sexual References
Watch Trailer Below
8.20pm, 14 December 2021
Thornbury Picture House
Dir: Marcus Werner Hed, Dan Fox
Dur: 82 mins
Cosey Fanni Tutti
Groovescooter’s STROBE Program returns to the Vivid Festival in 2021. The program includes this oral history of ground-breaking electronic English group Throbbing Gristle which also details the story of their precursive/subversive “wreckers of civilization” art-collective, Coum Transmissions. From humble beginnings in a run-down commune, Other, Like Me dives deep into the narrative of a group of social misfits who adopted new identities and went on to shock and confound with everything from theatre happenings and gallery performances — that dealt openly with sex, pornography and violence — to a string of confrontational records that birthed the genre “industrial music”. Though chased out of birthplace Hull by the police in the mid-‘70s, they went on to be a major influence on subsequent generations of musicians, before imploding on stage in front of thousands of fans in San Francisco in 1981. Subsequent decades saw them reforming and continuing to push creativity to its limits both collectively and individually, surviving against the odds, by amalgamating art with life completely and fearlessly, no matter the cost.
A must-see for anyone with an interest in uncompromising dedication to artistic expression, creative independence, the evolution of electronic music or TB themselves, this first ever film-documented history of Coum Transmissions and the band it spawned draws on the group’s rich archive of photographs and video, alongside new interviews.