She has starred amongst Hollywood’s greats including Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins but Actress Skye P. Marshall’s talent isn’t shy of the indie scene starring in the short experimental film Return to the Pleasure Dome by director Robert Lang.
The American actress, whose star is only rising after featuring in ‘Misconduct’ alongside Josh Duhamel, Pacino and Anthony Hopkins and as Towanda Braxton in the hit TV movie Biopic based on the life of Grammy award winner Toni Braxton in ‘Toni Braxton : Un-Break my heart’.
Star of the show: Actress Skye P. Marshall features in the short film ‘Return to the pleasure dome’
Photographer and Director Robert Lang releases his first short film ‘Return to the Pleasure Dome’ as an inspiration and homage to Kenneth Anger’s 1954 cult classic “The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome” and envisions his own version of events as a paraquel.
The Synopsis of the short film, a contender for forth coming film festivals is “High octane dancing to a gritty rockabilly tune as she dances against a blinding light to a Tiki theme backdrop.
An unnatural menacing force glares upon the vixen. Aware, she still dances.
Madness ensues as the surreal and nightmarish event unfolds setting the stage for the question of what’s real and what’s not. Who does she dance for? Is it a dream or hallucination? “
Cult classic: ‘Return to the Pleasure Dome’ as an inspiration and homage to Kenneth Anger’s 1954 cult classic
Flapper style: High octane dancing to a gritty rockabilly tune as she dances against a blinding light to a Tiki theme backdrop
As in most of Kenneth Anger’s films, he leaves the interpretation to the viewer for art’s sake as Robert hopes to convey this to the audience.
Toiling with the idea of occultism as that was a major theme from the original which featured ceremonial masks and drugged-up lusty creatures, as subliminal symbols appear and vanish.
Like the laughing monsters from the film who emerge and disappear out of view, it takes centre stage here in the short.
Original film: A still image from the original film by Kenneth Anger ‘Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome’
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome is a 38-minute short film by Kenneth Anger in 1954. Anger created two other versions of this film in 1966 and the late 1970s. According to Anger, the film takes the name “pleasure dome” from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s atmospheric poem “Kubla Khan”. Anger was inspired to make the film after attending a Halloween party called “Come as your Madness”.
The film reflects Anger’s deep interest in Thelema, the philosophy of Aleister Crowley and his followers, as indicated by Cameron’s role as “The Scarlet Woman”.
Film Poster : Skye P. Marshall features on the official film poster for the short film
Actress Skye P Marshall, a Chicago native and ex US Marine vet features as the dancer.
She recently wrapped filming the movie ‘Indivisible’ starring alongside Greys Anatomy’s Sarah Drew and will feature in the TV show ‘Major Crimes’. She has guest starred in ‘Shameless’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and Public Morals.
Experimental film: An unnatural menacing force glares upon the vixen. Aware, she still dances reads the synopsis
Final Scene:The yellow fringe jacket hung over the chair fades out in a eerie manner in the final scene