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SXSW Has American Premiere Of Losier’s The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

By Mike Everleth ⋅ February 14, 2011

Genesis P-Orridge and Lady Jaye recovering from cosmetic surgery

The 2011 SXSW Film Festival will feature the North American premiere of Marie Losier‘s The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, a much-anticipated documentary that chronicles the love story of industrial music pioneer Genesis P-Orridge and his late wife Lady Jaye. Screening times have not been released yet, but the festival runs this year on March 11-19 at its regular home of Austin, Texas.

Genesis and Lady Jaye had a unique relationship in which, in addition to getting married, they attempted to meld together as a single pandrogynous entity known as Breyer P-Orridge. (The “Breyer” portion of the name coming from Jaye’s maiden name.) The couple both underwent plastic surgery and hormone therapy together, as well as starting to cross-dress and adopt perfectly identical mannerisms and behaviors.

Unfortunately, Jaye passed away in 2007, although Genesis continues to live his life as Breyer P-Orridge.

Production on the film began a few years after Losier befriended Genesis when Lady Jaye was still alive. According to the filmmaker’s notes, she was hesitant to continue on with the documentary following the loss, but Genesis was more than willing to keep participating in honor of his late partner.

Rather than a traditional, sit-down interview kind of documentary, the film blends impressionist visual pieces filmed with a silent 16mm Bolex camera, as well as performance footage and non-static interview segments shot on HD video.

Losier is most well known for her quirky short film portraits of significant figures in underground film history, such as Tony Conrad and George and Mike Kuchar. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge previously appeared in her short films Papal Broken-Dance (2009) and Slap the Gondola! (2010).

For anyone who might be unfamiliar with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s life and career, he was born as Neil Megson in 1950 and began recording his own music in the late ’60s using the stage name Genesis P-Orridge, to which he had it legally changed in 1971. However, he is most well known for helping form two of the most influential bands in industrial music history, Throbbing Gristle in the mid-’70s and Psychic TV in the early ’80s.

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is Marie Losier’s first feature film and will have its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, screening between Feb. 15-20. To learn more about this film, please visit its official website, as well as the official sites for Marie Losier and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.

Genesis and Lady Jaye’s pandrogene project was previously documented in the short film Pandrogeny Manifesto co-directed by Dionysos Andronis and Aldo Lee. That film is available on the Incarnation DVD compilation released by Montreal’s Cinema Abattoir.

Below, watch the movie trailer for The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye. Also, underneath the trailer, is the list of films screening in SXSW’s Emerging Visions section, which is the section Losier’s documentary is screening as a part of.

Watch The Ballard of Genesis and Lady Jaye trailer:

SXSW Film Festival: “Emerging Visions”

Bad Fever, dir. Dustin Guy Defa
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, dir. Marie Losier
Bellflower, dir. Evan Glodell
The Catechism Cataclysm, dir. Todd Rohal
Caught Inside, dir. Adam Blaiklock
Convento, dir. Jarred Alterman
The Dish & The Spoon, dir. Alison Bagnall
Fuck My Life, dir. Nicolás López
Green, dir. Sophia Takal
The Key Man, dir. Peter Himmelstein
New Jerusalem, dir. R. Alverson
No Matter What, dir. Cherie Saulter
Our Day Will Come, dir. Romain Gavras
Riscado, dir. Gustavo Pizzi
Septien, dir. Michael Tully
Silver Bullets, dir. Joe Swanberg
Surrogate Valentine, dir. Dave Boyle
Turkey Bowl, dir. Kyle Smith
Weekend, dir. Andrew Haigh