- Starring Ron Athey, Franko B, Orlan, Fakir Musafar
Body Art (The South Bank Show) (1998) -- Arts documentary series. A look at the phenomenon of body modification and the work of artists Franco B and Ron Athey, who both claim to find spiritual redemption in blood-letting on stage. Contains footage of Orlan having facial surgery.
Originally long thought to have been sent to the knackers' yard, it got an unexpected reprieve and was to be scheduled for broadcast on 17 August 1997. The film sent London Weekend Television overlords into a headless panic, causing it to be pulled without warning and placed on indefinite hold. In its 20-year history, only one other South Bank Show episode has met with this ignominious fate: a still-unscreened documentary on the miners' strike made by Ken Loach.
Body Art (The South Bank Show) DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 8/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.