Director, artist and advocate of independent film, Stephen Dwoskin, gathered a group of strangers together for a period of five weeks and filmed them as they explored their fantasies within a single room. The extraordinary results are documented in this visually lush experimental film. Inspired by the post-hippy encounter groups that developed on America's West Coast, this poetic precursor to TV's Big Brother explores the relationship between intimacy and performance, often to extreme effect. Men and women don make-up, stockings and ceremonial gowns while emotional and physical interactions form and rupture, pushing some participants to their very limits. Through his involving camerawork and dynamic use of sound - including a compelling drone score by celebrated composer Gavin Bryars - Dwoskin creates a truly unique film that drives us to examine our own sense of 'fantasy' and to question our relationships to both other people and the film itself.
'Laboured Party' (20 minutes, 1974): Dwoskin's on-set companion piece to Central Bazaar in which an an unsuspecting Labour Party canvasser calls at the house and falls under the provocative and playful influence of the feature film's participants