Hot Docs – The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Hot Docs - The Ballad of Genesis and Lady

Genesis P’Orridge is a musician, artist and writer. After the death of his partner and muse, Lady Jaye, he collaborated with filmmaker Marie Losier to pay tribute to her.

Hot Docs - The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Love is all-consuming and it makes you want to eat each other up. For Genesis and Lady Jaye, this was more than a metaphorical idea. In the most outre element of their relationship, they underwent a series of operations to become more like each other, including breast implants for both.

Beyond the love story is a retrospective on Genesis’ musical career and art. Genesis is the anchor for bands ranging from the industrial Throbbing Gristle to the more accessible Psychic TV to the spoken word/noise guitar project of Thee Majesty. The film provides brief and tantalizing glimpses into arts scenes ranging from 1970’s Britain to post-millennial New York.

Genesis’ music forms the soundtrack for the film and reveals the personal in the public and public in the personal. This is an organic, intimate and tender film. For all that Genesis and Lady Jaye inhabited a world outside of normal conventions, love is universal and eminently relatable.

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
Director: Marie Losier
Program: Next

Wednesday, May 4, 9:30 pm, Bloor Cinema
Friday, May 6, 11:45 pm, Bloor Cinema
Sunday, May 8, 8:45 pmThe ROM Theatre

Written by Pauline Dong

A native Torontonian, Pauline enjoys much that the city has to offer, especially in the areas of food and drink. She is also an enthusiastic traveller and explorer of other cultures. A self-described film geek, her interest in movies was first piqued by the early works of Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Wong Kar-Wai. More a fan than a critic, she invites your thoughts on the films in her articles.

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