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chapter 1

"THE ERRORS OF EXISTENCE"

Maldoror/Charles Dietz
Boy/Daniel Taylor
Fighting Men/James Bennett
and James Marriott

Thanks to George Feltham-Parrish and Nick Reynolds for location and props. Mel Styles and Jon Storey for lighting kit and additional props.

Throughout my life I have seen, without one exception, narrow shouldered men performing innumerable idiotic acts, brutalising their fellows, and corrupting souls by every means. They call the motive for their actions: fame. Seeing these exhibitions l've longed to laugh, with the rest, but that strange imitation -was impossible. Taking a penknife with a sharp edged blade, I slit the flesh at the points joining the lips. For an instant I believed my aim was achieved. I saw in a mirror the mouth ruined at my own will! An error! Besides, the blood gushing freely from the two -wounds prevented my distinguishing whether this really -was the grin of others. But after some moments of comparison I saw quite clearly that my smile did not resemble that of humans: the fact is, I -was not laughing.

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Kerri Sharp

With a chequered career history involving stints as a shepherdess, an ambulance driver and a pornographer, London-born Kerri is happiest when she is "poking about in archives" and "arranging the dark furniture of her imagination". She has a long-standing appreciation of surrealist film and writing and her previous Super8 achievements include an adaptation of Daniil Kharms' What They Sell in the Shops These Days - filmed in the Czech Republic.

Motivated by a loathing of the mediocre she would rather eat her own foot than watch an episode of Friends or Ally McBeal. A published author of one crime novel and countless scandalous texts, her ambitions are many and diverse. However, seeing Maldoror being unleashed into the world is high on the list.

Her favourite directors include Jean Cocteau, David Lynch, Luis Bunuel, Georges Henri Clozout, Humphrey Jennings and Walerian Borowczyck.