OBSKURA FILM EVENT: Necrorealism: underground Soviet films to be shown in London

If you are in London and you love experimental and bizarre cinema, join us for the event dedicated to Necrorealism, the most shocking art and cinema movement of the late Soviet era. An exquisitely disturbing selection of short films will be screened, followed by a discussion, drinks and music.


4 December, 7.30 pm,

at Rich Mix (35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA),

FREE entrance.


Originated in the 1980s, Necrorealism was the first Soviet avant-garde since the 1920s. The name of the new Eisenstein was Yevgeny Yufit.

The programme will include his early short films, such as Werewolf Orderlies (Санитары-оборотни), Suicide Warthogs (Вепри суицида) and Woodcutter  (Лесоруб), as well as fragments from his mature full-length works – Father, Santa Claus Has Died (Папа, умер Дед Мороз) and Silver Heads (Cеребрянные головы).



Chaired by Dash Arts Artistic Director Tim Supple with Ivan Gololobov, Doctor of Philosophy, Associate Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick; Alexander Kan, Arts and Culture Correspondent for the BBC World Service and Inese Strupule and Alberto López, founders and co-editors of Obskura.


Songs of death, decadence and decapitation from the banjolele-wielding bard Nigel Burch, accompanied by his Flea-Pit Orchestra: Dylan Bates the fragrant fiddler and the infernal double-bassist Richard Lee.

DJ Mourrka: London’s only Russian gangster cat will play her finest selection of soul-destroying melodies to make your heart weep and your feet skip.


The event is part of the major project: an artistic journey through the diverse lands, people, stories and cultures of the former Soviet Union. The project is a brain child of Dash Arts, an international arts organisation, developing and presenting new work in theatre, music, visual arts and dance. Their events tie all their major shows together, allowing them to engage people in a continued exploration of the wider world of the former Soviet Union.

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