Cult Narratives

Perhaps more so than the music documentary narrative that was so pivotal in my interest in the film format as a means of articulating social and political messaging, specifically Sini Anderson’s film The Punk Singer about Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna, cult activities and the way they are depicted in film (documentary, narrative, or a mix) seem like an interesting avenue to explore with a similar mindset – including both religious and socio-political groups and more knowing ‘anti-cults’ e.g. Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth.

  • Laveyan Satanism
  • Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth
  • Thelema and the actvities of Aleister Crowley
  • Lord Our Righteousness Church (End of the World Cult)
  • The Peoples Temple: Jonestown (Mass Suicide Cult)
  • The Manson Family

When looking at them as a group, some common characteristics emerge including: the use of symbols, structured hierarchies or emotional leadership, geographical clustering or segregation, an emphasis on ceremony,  etc.

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