About Kamikaze Hearts

Plenty of films play on the dividing line between fact and fiction, reality and rumours, but Juliet Bashore’s pioneering queer docufiction applied a particularly raw, DIY vision to the form.

Kamikaze Hearts tells the story of Tigr Mennett and her (real-life) porn star girlfriend Sharon Mitchell, in the centre of San Francisco’s sex industry. Tigr is directing a parody of Carmen starring her partner, and filming is not going smoothly: manipulation, abuse and the excesses of the adult entertainment world in the ‘80s are everywhere on set. In the course of filming their relationship mutates and shifts, documentary and drama blurring between each other.

Bashore’s film is a multi-layered document of a unique time and space where polysexuality, women’s liberation, punk rock and porn collapsed into each other, as radical and shocking today (a scene where Tigr and Sharon shoot up is almost certainly real) as it was forty years ago when first released.

The screening will be preceded by a live onstage introduction from Dr Sabina Stent.