Offered the opportunity to film in Spain on Sergio Leone's sets, Fassbinder quickly dashed off 'Whity', an idiosyncratic, gothic Western about a rich, ranching family and their perpetually put-upon servant. Fassbinder wrote the script as a vehicle for his then lover Günther Kaufmann, perhaps partly as an excuse to lure him away from his family. The chaotic atmosphere of the production boils over into the vibrant cinemascope screen, making for powerful, unsettling viewing. When 'Whity' premiered it was a massive flop, failing to entice any theatrical or even television interest. It remained unavailable until the 1990's, when screenings spurred a reassessment of the film.
This free screening is for Ages 18+.
A second screening of 'Whity' will take place on Wed 15 November at 6.00pm.
Find a full list of screenings during the first part of a major retrospective of director Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the QAGOMA website here: https://goo.gl/fNkC5t.