Rough Cut, the debut feature from artist Jamie Shovlin, explores the remaking of an exploitation film that never was. At its dark heart is Hiker Meat, an archetypal – and entirely imaginary – 1970s slasher movie complete with hitchhiking heroine, charismatic commune leader and a group of teens who disappear one by one.
This tantalising film-within-a-film serves to both deconstruct and pay affectionate homage to the often-maligned exploitation era of film production.
Jamie Shovlin studied at the Royal College of Art, London, and is interested in the tension between truth and fiction, reality and invention, history and memory. Through his projects he questions how information becomes authoritative and explores the way that we map and classify the world in order to understand it.
Solo exhibitions include Various Arrangements at Haunch of Venison, London (2012), Jesus Rinzoli’s Hiker Meat at IBID Projects, London (2011), Thy Will Be Done at Tullie House, Carlisle (2011), Hiker Meat at MACRO, Rome (2010) and In Search of Perfect Harmony at Tate Britain, London (2006).
The DVD ‘extras’ include Hiker Meat shot-by-shot and teaser trailers 1 – 8.
‘Rough Cut is more of a revelation of the mystery and magic of cinema rather than a simple montage’ (Fangoria)
‘Take a metacinematic crawl through the grindhouse with this impressive British indie feature’ (Little White Lies)
‘Ambitious, assured and amusing’ (Empire)