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Sick (BFI) in November

The BFI have announced the UK DVD release of Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist - fully uncut and uncensored - on 5 November 2012.

Bob Flanagan was an American performance artist, stand-up comic, poet and lifelong sufferer from cystic fibrosis. He was also a masochist who found that his S&M experiences helped him manage the pain of his illness. He met his perfect dominatrix partner in Sheree Rose, and married her in 1982 while she hung him upside down from the ceiling.

Kirby Dick’s internationally acclaimed, award-winning documentary follows Flanagan through the last years of his life. Originally, three-and-a-half minutes were cut from ‘two scenes showing strong sadomasochistic activity… which,’ according to the BBFC, ‘would be highly dangerous if copied’. After a recent resubmission to the Board, these cuts have since been reinstated.

A DVD only release, feature sinclude:

  • 1:33:1 / Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)
  • English HOH subtitles
  • Presented fully uncut and uncensored for the first time
  • Dick on Sick (Kirby Dick, 1997, 8 mins): the director reflects on his experience of making Sick
  • Sara’s Sick Too (Kirby Dick, 15 mins): short film revisiting Sara, a fellow cystic fibrosis sufferer who meets Bob through the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Sick
  • Feature length audio commentary by Kirby Dick and editor Dody Doran
  • Live performances with director introductions
  • Deleted scenes with director introductions
  • Original soundtrack
  • Original trailer
  • Illustrated booklet featuring new essays from Patricia MacCormack (author of Cinesexuality) and Murray Perkins, Senior Examiner at the BBFC; biographies and credits

The release coincides with Uncut!, a season at BFI Southbank to mark the centenary of the BBFC, which runs from 1 – 30 November. Sick will be screened during this season of films that have been either banned or censored in the last century of cinema. Visit for more.


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