Irregular Atrocities: The Films of Bryan M. Ferguson

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

18-01-22 Irregular Atrocities: The Films of Bryan M. Ferguson

Image: Satanic Panic '87, Bryan Ferguson, 2019

With his latest short, Red Room, screening at LSFF 2022, we take a deep dive into the uncanny, surreal world of Bryan M. Ferguson's short films and music videos.


His transgressive, eerily prescient work portrays a disaffected, confused generation of vulnerable, self-destructive individuals, contending with an age flooded with dangerous misinformation, bizarre ideologies, and meddling manipulative forces. His films adroitly demonstrate an innate contradictory tension that manages to be high and lowbrow, absurd yet grounded in realism, viscerally violent yet empathetic, disturbing and beautiful.


Bryan M. Ferguson will join us in a Q&A with host LSFF UK Programmer, Varun Raman.


Content Warning: Violence, Death, Swearing, Strobing, Abuse

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

6:30 pm

Caustic Gulp

Caustic Gulp

Bryan M. Ferguson

7'

2015

United Kingdom

Somewhere in Florida, a chemical reacts with the chlorine of a hotel swimming pool. When discovered, a resident starts recruiting followers for her chemical ingestion cult.

Rubber Guillotine

Rubber Guillotine

Bryan M. Ferguson

11'

2016

United Kingdom

An angst-ridden teenager sucker punches her parent’s hopes for her future by aspiring to donate her skeleton to gelatine.

The Island - Ladytron

The Island - Ladytron

Bryan M. Ferguson

8'

2018

United Kingdom

Official music video for Ladytron. A humanoid experiment escapes its incubator from an isolated lab facility. While being hunted down by the lab technicians, the humanoid escapes through the countryside and into the urban landscapes of the city as it bears witness to the world for the first time.

Fate - Boy Harsher

Fate - Boy Harsher

Bryan M. Ferguson

4'

2018

United Kingdom

Official music video for Boy Harsher. After waking up beneath a concrete underpass with a bite on her throat, a woman develops an unquenchable thirst for the blood of men.

Satanic Panic '87

Satanic Panic '87

Bryan M. Ferguson

4'

2019

United Kingdom

Channel 4 commissioned short film for Random Acts and broadcast on Film4. It’s 1987 and two metalheads have opened a gateway to hell while following the instructions of a satanic aerobics tape.

Deadzone - Ladytron

Deadzone - Ladytron

Bryan M. Ferguson

4'

2019

United Kingdom

Inspired by J.G. Ballard/David Cronenberg’s Crash. This official music video for Ladytron shows the dead victims of a head-on car collision reanimate with an insatiable attraction for one another.

Insecticide

Insecticide

Bryan M. Ferguson

3'

2020

United Kingdom

The film was made entirely within 72 manic hours. Ferguson and his wife made the film with what they had lying around their apartment. It follows a germaphobic woman desperately trying to quarantine herself from a shape shifting bug-like disease. A visual manifestation of anxiety disorder and lockdown-induced paranoia with music from Alex Mackay of Mogwai.

Make U Stay - Sega Bodega & Låpsley

Make U Stay - Sega Bodega & Låpsley

Bryan M. Ferguson

4'

2020

United Kingdom

Official music video for Sega Bodega & Lapsley. A disgruntled tennis player with a penchant for pyromania, stalks and exacts revenge on her fuckboy former doubles partner.

Here Comes Comus! - Arab Strap

Here Comes Comus! - Arab Strap

Bryan M. Ferguson

4'

2021

United Kingdom

Official music video for Arab Strap. Based on the Greek mythology of Comus, the rebellious god of festivity that represents anarchy and chaos. The video follows a self-destructive man dragged by a dog chain into a night of overindulgence and violent debauchery.

Fair Game - Alice Glass

Fair Game - Alice Glass

Bryan M. Ferguson

5'

2021

United Kingdom

Official music video for Alice Glass. The video is a visual representation of a toxic relationship. A young woman is restrained in a straitjacket and chained to cinderblocks while struggling to break free and gain the strength to confront her abuser.

Love Divide - Ross From Friends

Love Divide - Ross From Friends

Bryan M. Ferguson

3'

2021

United Kingdom

Official music video for Ross From Friends. A man searches for his face and identity within a drab faceless conglomerate.

Red Room

Red Room

Bryan M. Ferguson

15'

2021

United Kingdom

A hauntingly atmospheric and contemplative look at a relationship between three friends which becomes fractured after a reality-destroying moment of possession. Based upon the novel Bitterhall by Helen McClory.