When filmmaker Fabrizio Federico takes to his battered camcorder he is stepping into another world. The British born movie-maker directs with such exuberance it seems as if he and the camera are bound together by a magic spell.
Call it alchemy, the occult, mysticism - Not everybody is prepared to
get on their knees and bewitch the spirits into leading you
Lucifer Rising (1972)
Animal House (1978)
moved to Italy when he was five years old after surviving a house fire,
after which the gifted child soon took to painting and learning guitar
at an early age. By the age of fifteen he had become a teen prodigy at
guitar and art, appearing live at many jazz and classical venues
including the prestigious Boston Hatch Shell in the USA, where he moved lived for ten years. Here he discovered underground cinema. This talented and complex ace with a wicked sense of humor has become a symbol for DIY revolt. Driven and self taught Federico is a visual-maestro with a globe trotting streak, having already filmed in Spain, Cuba, Hungary, France, Poland, Germany, Bermuda and Morocco. All his works are self financed by banks instead of producers or film studios.
His raw style includes the complete disposal of scripts, actors or any other cinema norm. His debut film Black Biscuit (2012) became notorious. Confrontations would ensure at the mere mention of the movie between exuberant cinema fans, both rigid and spirited, young and old on internet film forums, in vitriolic reviews, even on radio and at public appearances. Especially over the merits of cult and experimental cinema and its integrity in mainstream cinema and media coverage value, a phenomenon very similar to the French New Wave or Dogme 95 era.
the time his next feature Pregnant (2015) was released his reputation
for being a possessed talent created problems and controversy in rigid mainstream film institutions. During Pregnant's pre-production
arson charge surfaced which coincided with his ill health and isolation
around this time. By this time he had created a Ziggy Stardust
alter-ego called Jett Hollywood (a filmmaker from Mars) who was
responsible for the films The Evolution Of The Earth Angel and later Anarchy In The UK. Jett Hollywood committed cinema suicide.
In 2016 Federico ran the first Straight Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival,
which incorporated experimental filmmakers from across the world. His
films have been called psychedelic, nightmarish and angelic, all
executed with a Peter Pan sense of wonder. He has even been called ''the
devils filmmaker''. His PINK8 film manifesto even caused his
films to be banned from Universities after it was discovered that film
groups were screening his films on campus.