‘The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology’ world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 7th.

‘The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology’ will  make its world premiere in the Mavericks section at Toronto International Film Festival TIFF on September 7th.

The 134 minute documentary film which is a follow up to the collaboration between Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek and film director Sophie Fiennes ‘The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema’ in 2006.

In order to recreate the scenes for The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology’, Fiennes, (sister of Ralph and Joseph) both travelled to original locations and recreated sets in Ardmore Studios in August 2011. This was one of the very few productions to use the sound stages at Ardmore in 2011..

‘The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology uses Slavoj Zizek’s theoretical matrix to explore what psychoanalysis can tell us about ideology. Through Zizek’s compelling direct exposition to camera we learn how ideology past and present functions. From global locations and studio interiors, The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology will unearth the prevailing ideologies at work in our world.

Fiennes likened the experience to “an archaeology of film” – “What’s funny is seeing six movie sets in one room,” said Fiennes. “Here’s a fragment from ‘The Dark Knight’ opposite a fragment from the Mother Superior’s office in ‘The Sound of Music.’ And then obviously that is the toilets from ‘Full Metal Jacket.’ So it’s a very absorbing world, Slavoj’s world.”

The film was co-financed by the BFI (British Film Institute) Film Fund, Film4, Channel 4, Irish Film Board, and a new London-based financier/producer called Rooks Nest.

Fiennes admits it was originally difficult to get funding. “We’ve been trying to make this film for five years, and it was really hard to get the finance together because people always stumbled on the word ‘ideology’ like it was something that no one knew what it meant.”

Keep an eye out for it when it is screened here it should make compelling viewing and something that will provoke much debate.

Director/Writer: Sophie Fiennes (Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow)
Producers: James Wilson (“Attack the Block”), Martin Rosenbaum (The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema), Katie Holly, Blinder Films (One Hundred Mornings), Sophie Fiennes
Executive Producers: Shani Hinton, Katherine Butler (Film4), Tabitha Jackson (Channel 4), Michael Sackler, Julia Godzinskaya (Rooks Nest Entertainment)
Cast: Slavoj Zizek (“The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema”) Designer, Lucy van Lonkhuyzen (One Hundred Mornings)

Link to listings at The Toronto International Film Festival.
Tom Dowling 2012:  Stock image courtesy of Blinder Films

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