Bob Flanagan was an American performance artist, stand-up comic, poet, and a lifelong sufferer from cystic fibrosis. He was also a masochist, who found that his S/M experiences helped him manage the pain of his illness. He met his perfect dominatrix partner in Sheree Rose and married her in 1982 while she hung him upside down from the ceiling (as Flanagan wryly comments during one of his shows, 'You always hurt the one you love'). Kirby Dick's internationally acclaimed, award-winning film follows Bob and Sheree through the last years of Flanagan's life. It is a deeply moving, often hilarious, profile of a unique artist, giving an insight into Flanagan's warmth, courage and, especially, his sense of humour.
Bob Flanagan, Sheree Rose, Kathe Burkhart, Kirby Dick, Rita Valencia, Sarah Doucette, Richard Kopelle