CineCult303 is proud to screen Bill Gunn’s legendary 1973 film GANJA & HESS to kick off our season of films highlighting filmmakers of colour.
Writer, director and star Gunn, created a strange and singular vision, too weird even for the permissive standards of New Hollywood, and too ‘arty’ for the Blaxploitation crowd.
Sweaty, erotic and elliptical, GANJA & HESS follows the titular character’s struggle with vampirism, comparing the urges and difficulties to those faced by contemporary black culture in the ‘70s in relation to issues like addiction and connection to heritage.
After being diced-up by producers who were disappointed that the film wasn’t easy-to-sell genre fare, GANJA & HESS was unavailable for decades. However, GANJA & HESS is finally restored and ready to be seen again!
Held in esteem by filmmakers like Spike Lee (who remade the film in 2014 under the title DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS), it’s time to watch this singular, strange work.
Arrive at 7pm to grab a drink and secure a good seat for a 730pm start.
As always, CineCult303 asks for a gold coin donation to keep the weirdness flowing.
CineCult303 is a not-for-profit film night dedicated to keeping the weird alive. Gold coin donation for entry. All proceeds will be donated to local arts organisations to keep the weird growing.