Blank Narcissus (Passion of the Swamp)

Blank Narcissus (Passion of the Swamp)

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

An aging porno director (played by Michael Brandon from Dario Argento’s Four Flies on Grey Velvet) makes a commentary in 2022 for the DVD of an underground 16mm film he made in 1972 and was recently rediscovered. As the beautiful stud in the film undergoes a series of erotic reveries, the director laments his doomed love affair with his protagonist.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF63.

Direction: Peter Strickland
Script: Peter Strickland
Cinematography: Tim Sidell
Editing: Inigo Manby
Music: Xylitol
Actors: Michael Brandon, Sebastien Kapps
Production: Red Breast Productions, Lunapark Pictures
Producers: Serena Armitage, Pietro Greppi
Costumes: Saffron Cullane
Production Design: Felicity Hickson
Executive producer: Lauren Carroll Harris, Alexandra Burke, John Edmond
Make Up: Jane Emily Arnold
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: UK
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 12΄
Contact: Red Breast Productions

Peter Strickland

British director Peter Strickland was born in 1973 and began directing short films in the early 1990s. After a long hiatus from filmmaking during which he created culinary soundscapes with The Sonic Catering Band, he returned to film in the early 2000s and made his first feature, Katalin Varga, in 2009. Alongside further short and feature films, he has also written radio plays and has made a concert film for Björk, which he co-directed with Nick Fenton.


2004 A Metaphysical Education (short)
2005 Berberian Sound Studio (short)
2009 Katalin Varga
2012 Berberian Sound Studio
2014 The Duke of Burgundy
2017 Cobblers’ Lot (short)
2018 In Fabric
2019 GUO4 (short)
2020 Cold Meridian (short)
2022 Blank Narcissus (Passion of the Swamp) (short)
2022 Flux Gourmet