Pure Sh-ocker (2016)
Perth based artist Grace Connors presents Pure Sh-ocker, a mock-mockumentary short film which closely examines the schlock, splatter and shock of the Australian Exploitation (Ozploitation) film genre. Connors looks specifically toward those films which have bypassed the cinema entirely and infiltrated the dark and seedy corners of Youtube’s ubiquitous archives, to question their often problematic pursuit for a homogenous, national identity through quasi documentary film making and appropriation. Pure Sh-ocker offers a space to traverse beyond the ’origins’ of these films as dust collecting VHS tapes, hinting toward their fragmented condition in this highly mediated, contemporary landscape and thrusts them into new and defamiliarised territory. Connors observes how this pursuit has morphed over time, from relics of late night television programming, to their dissemination online, and now, as a way to explore what inextricably remains.
image: Pure Sh-ocker (2016), video still, single channel digital video, 12:50 minutes