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The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

Sophie Fiennes
UK, Ireland 2012 / 134’

As in The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (2006), Slavoj Žižek finds himself in strange places, many different eras and colourful costumes. This time, however, he sets out to find dictatorship in democracy, spontaneous social reaction and painful acts of will. He rips away the illusion of authority and submits to psychoanalytical guilt resulting from an inability to enjoy the charms of life. He fantasises about a friendly handshake from Bin Laden and George W. Bush. He talks about the massacre carried out by Anders Breivik in reference to Taxi Driver(1976) by Martin Scorsese. He wonders what connects single mothers with Jews and looks for parallels between the prose of Dostoyevsky and terrorist attacks. He desires, consumes, spits and excretes. In the face of God, he is perversely excited by history.

Sophie Fiennes

Born in Suffolk, England in 1967. She is the daughter of photographer Mark Fiennes and novelist/painter Jini Fiennes (Jennifer Lash). Following studies at the Chelsea College of Art and Design she worked as a location manager for director Peter Greenway from 1987–1992 and managed choreographer Michael Clark from 1993 to 1995. Three years later she began making her own documentaries and shorts including Hoover Street Revival (2002) The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (2006) and Hopper Stories (2012). She is widely acclaimed for her unique observational eye and strong sense of cinematic form. Her film Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow won Special Mention at Films on Art Competition at 10th New Horizons Film Festival.

Selected filmography

1998 Lars form 1-10 (co-dir., doc., short)

2002 Hoover Street Revival (doc.)

2006 Z-Boczona historia kina / The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (doc.)

2010 Wasze miasta trawą zarosną / Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (doc.)

2012 Hopper Stories (co-dir., anim., short)

2012 Perwersyjny przewodnik po ideologiach / The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (doc.)

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Cast & Crew

director Sophie Fiennes
screenplay Slavoj Žižek
cinematography Remko Schnorr
editing Ethel Shepherd
music Magnus Fiennes
sound Steve Fanagan
cast Slavoj Žižek
producer Katie Holly, Martin Rosenbaum, James Wilson, Sophie Fiennes
production P Guide Ltd, Blinder Films Ltd., British Film Institute, Film4, Rooks Nest Entertainment
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language English
colouration colour