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Penny Slinger – Out of the Shadows

“PENNY SLINGER – OUT OF THE SHADOWS” is the incredible, untold story of the British artist Penny Slinger and the traumatic events that led to the creation of her masterpiece, the 1977 photo-romance, ‘An Exorcism’.


Coming-of-age against a back drop of post-war austerity and the explosion of colour that characterized the 1960s counter-culture in London, Penny Slinger embraced her generation’s quest for personal freedom and sexual liberation and channeled these desires into her ground-breaking collages and sculptures. So powerful was her vision that 45 years later her work is still influencing contemporary artists.


“I wanted to create art that reflected a state of mind,” she explains. “To be my own muse.”  To achieve this Penny Slinger resuscitated Surrealism, instilling it with a radical, feminine perspective that led Rolling Stone to declare about her first book,  ‘50% The Visible Woman’ (1971) -“This is a major work – surely to become as ubiquitous as Sergeant Pepper in the culture.” As the respected curator and academic Anke Kempkes observes, "She could have become very, very famous."  History played out differently though and by the 1980s Penny Slinger had disappeared.

BBFC Advice: Contains strong sexual images, nudity

Film Information

Running Time: 1hr 38mins

BBFC Advice: 18

Director(s): Richard Kovitch

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