Known as the Witch of Kings Cross, notorious artist Rosaleen Norton faced allegations of satanic rituals, obscene art and sex orgies in 1950s Sydney. But this new film from writer/director Sonia Bible (Recipe for Murder) asks ‘did the scandals mask her genius?
Rosaleen Norton regularly hits the headlines throughout 1950s Sydney. She worshipped the God Pan and practiced trances and sex magic, inspired by the work of occultist, artist and poet Aleister Crowley. Eventually the relentless scandals lead to the downfall of her high society lover, Sir Eugene Goossens.
Told ‘in her own words’, the film weaves stylized drama (Rosaleen is played by actress Kate Elizabeth Laxton) and erotic dancers with never-before-seen artworks, diaries and scrapbooks.
The Witch of Kings Cross is the fascinating portrait of a fearless woman outlaw railing against fearful conservative forces and an insight into the work of an uncelebrated genius.
We are honoured to welcome Director, Sonia Bible for a Q&A session after the film.
This event is part of the Sydney Winter Solstice Festival supported by Destination NSW and NSW Government.