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Theory of Obscurity: a film about The Residents

Dir: Don Hardy Jr.
USA, Austria, Germany, Netherlands 2015, 87 mins
Cert: PG*

A Louisiana art-rock outfit who have guarded their anonymity and studiously avoided success for the past forty years, the Residents would seem like tricky subjects for a documentary. Happily their ‘colleagues’ from the Cryptic Corporation are on hand to help tell the story, along with various collaborators and fans including Matt Groening and Penn Jillette. Bulging with fun facts (eg: the pupils on their eyeball masks are made of fabric so they can see where they’re going), Don Hardy’s film plunges us into the Residents’ unique aesthetic from lost video epic Vileness Fats to unlikely MTV stardom.

This event is part of the Optical Sound Pass package. Gain entry to all BMI events for £35 Full Price or £28 Concession.


Date :
April 23, 2016 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Documentaries, the Residents
This event was part of Flatpack 10


Birmingham and Midland Institute – John Lee Theatre
9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, B3 3BS United Kingdom
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