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.