November 2011

"The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye"

by Marie Losier, opens November 24, 2011

Stills from the film The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE is a film about Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, well-known for his work with Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, and his life and work partner Lady Jaye (née Jacqueline Breyer). One would expect the film to be about the history of industrial music, about Genesis as a link between the pre- and post-punk era, about the underground scene since the 1970s. And it is, but it tells the story from the perspective of a great romantic love that began in the 1990s. Genesis and Lady Jaye start to undergo surgical procedures to merge into a third being, a pandrogynous being. THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE is also a film by Marie Losier, a filmmaker whose trademark is to playfully build up a very personal relationship with her underground role models. Kitchen and garden shots alternate with home-movie performances, magic tricks and archival footage. The film maintains its dynamic rhythm – with the help of Genesis’s cut-up narratives – even when Lady Jaye’s unexpected death turns it into a film about mourning. From that point it revolves around the question of how to die when two have merged into one – and how to go on living.

Cinema Tour
Funded by the Caligari-Award donators, the Bundesverband kommunale Filmarbeit  and the FILM-DIENST magazine, Marie Loisier will be touring selected cinemas from November 23-29, 2011.

23.11. at 8pm Kino Arsenal, Berlin

24.11. at 7pm Mal Seh'n Kino, Frankfurt

24.11. at 8.30pm Programmkino Rex, Darmstadt

25.11. at 7.15pm Filmhaus im Künstlerhaus, Nürnberg

26.11. at 9.15pm Kinemathek Karlsruhe

27.11. at 8pm METROPOLIS - Kinemathek Hamburg

28.11. at 8.15pm cine k, Oldenburg

29.11. at 8.30pm City 46, Bremen

More screenings:

24.-26. + 28.-30.11. at 10.15pm - Kino Arsenal, Berlin

24.11.-07.12. daily 10.30pm fsk - Kino am Oranienplatz, Berlin

25.- 30.11. daily 10pm Mal Seh'n Kino, Frankfurt

24.11.-07.12. Programmkino Rex, Darmstadt

25.11. 6pm + 30.11. 6pm Murnau Filmtheater, Wiesbaden

07.-21.12. Tilsiter Lichtspiele, Berlin

12.-26.12. Filmrausch Moabit e.V., Berlin

15.-21.12. Kommunales Kino Hannover

27.-30.12. BlackBox im Filmmuseum Düsseldorf

05.-11.01. Cinémathèque Leipzig

12.- 18.01. Cineding, Leipzig

"He’s the only person I’ve ever met who I’d hero worshipped, that was exactly how I’d expected him to be. He was everything that I’d hoped him to be. Which was incredible. Inhumanly intelligent. I was interested in him primarily as a character, the way he lived, he was a ‘more than real’ real life character. A phenomena. I was already into the idea that the most important work is the way you live and you should live it as a work and try to make each aspect of it as interesting as you can." (William S. Burroughs on Genesis P-Orridge)

"Marie Losier’s debut feature, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, is a fearless assault on documentary conventions….." (Richard Porton, Cineaste Magazine June 2011)

Country/Year: USA, France 2011, Length: 75 mins., Format: BluRay (shot on 16mm), Version: English with German subtitles. With: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, Edley Odowd, David Max, Markus Persson, Alice Genese, Tony Conrad, Peaches.

Distributor: neue pegasos
Sales: arsenal distribution

Further information and a trailer can be found at