Lunacy released on VOD



Trapart Film’s Lunacy is released on Vimeo On Demand November 4th 2017.

Director Carl Abrahamsson writes about the film:

“Lunacy isn’t “about” the moon per se but could perhaps be seen as being permeated by lunar energies. Where my film Sub Umbra Alarum Luna (2016) was a very conscious tribute to Derek Jarman and his work, Lunacy is a free-floating onwards rumination about the moon’s constant (and necessary) presence.

The project began with me writing a text about the moon for the wonderful Danish art magazine Plethora. This text was later cut up by my wife, Vanessa Sinclair, and then randomly re-assembled and recorded by her. I put these four vocal recordings to music, which created a sonorous cycle of sorts: a lunar reflection, a dark brooding on the human need for sexualizing the planets.

We both quite quickly realized that this was good fodder for a film. So instead of making a spoken word soundtrack for an existing film, we made a film for an existing spoken word soundtrack.

After a successful ”Kickstarter” crowdfunding campaign for the project, I could buy a super-8 film scanner. As soon as that was in place, I started scanning material from my film archive, predominantly from the early 1990s (when super-8 filming was still a financially viable alternative!).

Gradually the film grew around the four quite distinct musical/reading pieces. Odd bits appeared/surfaced from my archive. An unmarked roll beckoned my attention. I decided on a whim to include sections from it, no matter what it was. This turned out to be an auspicious fluke. The film in question was one of those strange 15 minute condensed super-8 versions of feature films that were quite common in the 1960s and 1970s (pre-VHS). This film was Michael Reeve’s 1968 horror gem Witchfinder General (aka Conqueror Worm), in which Vincent Price ruthlessly hunts down alleged witches. A perfect inclusion, given witches’ association with lunar and magical forces. The film changed from a cosmic meditation on the concept level to a tangible tribute to Hecate and all the witches who ever suffered injustice at the hands of intolerant lower beings over the times and spaces.”

LUNACY (Sweden, 2017, 44 min)

Praising lunar forces and witches from all times and spaces, LUNACY acts as a conductor to emotional transcendence and illumination rather than to scientific analysis. The Moon is always there in various degrees of visibility to the human eye, but the power of Hecate and other lunar celebrities remains constant. It’s the only fact that’s relevant in the greater human scheme of things.

Words by Vanessa Sinclair.
Music & Film by Carl Abrahamsson.
Copyright © 2017 Carl Abrahamsson

For more information about the film, interviews, screenings, festival appearances etc, please contact: carl AT carlabrahamsson DOT com

Lunacy from Carl Abrahamsson on Vimeo.


Lunacy on Kickstarter

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My film Sub Umbra Alarum Luna (2016) was dedicated to Derek Jarman’s influential work, specifically In the Shadow of the Sun (1975, with music by Throbbing Gristle 1980). The film has been screened in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, London, New York, Porto and other places, and is available on DVD and Vimeo On Demand.

My new project, LUNACY, will be the “follow-up” film to Sub Umbra, and is based around recorded cut-up texts about the moon by Vanessa Sinclair, with music by me. The film will be a miasmic, mind-expanding trip into the psycho-lunar orbit. Mixing new material with older super 8 footage and a truly cosmic soundtrack, I will aim to see what’s on the dark side of the moon – and hopefully come back. Please join me for a wild yet mellow space ride.

There are of course goodies and rewards for supporting the film. You can read more about that on the Kickstarter page. Thank you very much for backing this exciting project (right HERE)!

Wadling docu available on Vimeo On Demand


Carl Abrahamsson’s documentary about the Swedish singer Freddie Wadling, Ingenting är sant, allting är möjligt, is now available on Vimeo On Demand. For more info on this film, please go to its own page on this site.

Ingenting är sant, allting är möjligt – En liten film om Freddie Wadling from Carl Abrahamsson on Vimeo.

Change Itself – An Art Apart: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

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A new film in the An Art Apart series has been finished: Change Itself – An Art Apart: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. How to make a film about someone who’s led such an adventurous life and been so productive for 50 years? Genesis probably deserves an entire series of documentaries, but I have at least tried to compress the general overview into one single film. Not easy! The result is now ready to be screened, and will be released on VOD and DVD in August.

”To sum up the life and work of British artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is close to impossible. Not only because of the wide range of artistic disciplines, but also because of the timespan, since the mid 1960s to the present day, that has been saturated by hundreds of records, thousands of concerts, exhibitions, interviews, videos, spoken word performances, collages, sculptures, philosophy, cultural engineering, occultism and radical transgender concepts. A couple of descriptions are still valid after these 50 years of active creativity and provocation. P-Orridge is a romantic existentialist and a cultural engineer. Everything is both work as such and seed for cultural and behavioural change.”



The Mystery of Life – An Art Apart: Gustaf Broms

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A new film in the An Art Apart series has been finished: The Mystery of Life – An Art Apart: Gustaf Broms. Gustaf is a dear old friend of mine and an amazing artist. His films, photos and performances defy ”normal” contemporary art in many ways, and his entire attitude is a healthy example of what can be done with vision and ingenuity. The film is now available for screenings, and will be released on VOD and DVD in August.

”Swedish artist Gustaf Broms has, since the early 1990s, developed a symbolic language in order to help him understand his own being. On an adventurous journey stretching over photography, filmmaking, sculpting, collaging, music making and on to performance art, his artworks and the process become pieces of a puzzle that constitute not only the human being called Gustaf Broms but also human life itself in general. The grand scale of Broms’ ambitions signals a willingness to share his highly experimental attitude and its findings with other people. Thus his persona as an artist grows into something more ambitious, yet at the same time more undefined. The multifaceted expressions of his work seem to contain the very same theme, the very same question: where exactly lies “self” in the human being? Who exactly are we and which tools do we need to find out?”


The Mystery of Life – An Art Apart: Gustaf Broms (trailer) from Carl Abrahamsson on Vimeo.


Upcoming screenings

Things are moving along at a great pace and there are several Trapart Film screenings/events up ahead.

April 1st: Berlin, DE. Screening/introduction of Sub Umbra Alarum Luna and talk: ”Psychic States of Cinema”, at Neukölln’s finest: TOPICS.

April 9th: Gothenburg, SE. Screening/introduction of Sub Umbra Alarum Luna at FOLK.

April 14th: Copenhagen, DK. Screening/introduction of Silent Lips at Husets Biograf.

April 15th: Copenhagen, DK. Screening/introduction of Change Itself – An Art Apart: Genesis Breyer P-Orridgeat Husets Biograf.

April 23rd: Birmingham, UK. Screening of Sub Umbra Alarum Luna at the Flatpack Festival. Please note that Carl will not be present at this event.

April 29th: Skopje, MK. Screening/introduction of Silent Lips at the Skopje International Film Festival. Plus workshop with Carl Abrahamsson for Macedonian film students.


“There are many films I could list as having been formative in my teens and 20s. They have all been part of a cocktail of form and content that still lingers on, and now affect my own filmmaking processes. One of the key films all along the way has been Derek Jarman’s In the Shadow of the Sun, shot on super 8 and finished in 1975. A soundtrack was later added by Jarman’s friends Throbbing Gristle (1980). The total impact of seeing this film was both inspiring and overwhelming. With such simple tools (super 8, slow motion, superimpositions, a ”psychic” soundtrack of undefinable music) Jarman managed to transmit a completely new kind of narrative. One which spoke in a language of symbols and dreams: a mythological insight into possibilities rather than a fixed and causal display of strange goings-on. A sense of aestheticised reverie takes hold and simply doesn’t let go.

A couple of years ago, I felt I wanted to pay tribute to this film that has been so formative for me. So I dusted off my old super 8 cameras, got some film and started shooting. No rush, no rational planning, just intuitively shooting along. I also took a look at my own archive of super 8 and 16 mm film and found many forgotten moments in there. All in all, something gradually crystallised and eventually it was time to put this together. No one could be better suited to edit this kind of material than Andrew M. McKenzie (who’s also edited all of my films during the recent year). His knowledge of the era, the people involved, and his general aesthetic refinement made him the perfect collaborator on this project.

Music? Keeping everything under the same creative umbrella, I worked with Thomas Tibert and Joakim Karlsson-Kurén (of Swedish Kroll Splint fame, together with Tibert) under the Cotton Ferox name. We played several sessions ”live” in a studio and then assembled the favourite parts into an hour’s worth of psychic soundtrack. And then that was that. The film was ready: Sub Umbra Alarum Luna.

I am very happy to be able to bring attention and respect to Jarman and Throbbing Gristle in general, but to In the Shadow of the Sun specifically. My film is not a ”take” or a variation on an already existing theme. But hopefully it speaks in a similar kind of language that can inspire younger generations to check out the original film.

Sub Umbra Alarum Luna (”In the Shadow of the Moon”) will now be shown on film festivals and in art house environments. In April 2016, it will be officially released on DVD and Video On Demand. More on this will be posted here, of course.”

Carl Abrahamsson, February 2016

SUB UMBRA ALARUM LUNA (trailer 1) from Carl Abrahamsson on Vimeo.