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Zwangere Guy 'Gorik Pt 1' by Joe Vanhoutteghem

David Knight - 5th Dec 2018

Belgian director Joe Vanhoutteghem presents a fever nightmare about the horrors of domestic abuse for the Brussels-based rapper Zwangere Guy which is likely to stay with you for a very long time if you watch it. So be prepared to see some very disturbing imagery if you do choose to watch it.


Vanhoutteghem's method, as he's shown in some astonishing videos for The Hickey Underworld and others, is to establish an aesthetic of chaos, a sort of living Hell, in which anything is possible. Like a form of experimental theatre, there's a thread of black comedy in much of his work and incredibly enough, even in this, his most brutal work, its there.

To put it simply, the video is about the impact that watching domestic violence has on children - with the main protagonist - Zwangere Guy himself - effectively brought back from the dead to relive the experience as a kind of public spectacle, his eyes forced open, like Alex in A Clockwork Orange.

The approach is designed to remove any ambiguity about what happens, the scale of the crime. It certainly does that. This is completely traumatic to watch, just as Vanhoutteghem intends. 

But it is ironic that the video can be seen on YouTube with no parental advisory warning apparent anywhere. Surely, that's the whole point: no child should ever see this.

David Knight - 5th Dec 2018


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Joe Vanhoutteghem
Maarten De Sutter
Production Company
Czar Films
Executive Producer
Eurydice Gysel


Director of Photography
Menno Mans
Focus Puller
Bart Bleuzé
Focus Puller
Joris Rymen


Art Director
Geert Paredis


Location Manager
Zane Garitte
Noor De Heer
Set Dresser
Peggy Verstraeten

Other credits

Fight Coordinator

Kiluangi Wolf

Post Producer

Bieke De Keersmaecker


Robin De Praetere

Actor Man

Tibo Vandenborre

Actor Mother

Caroline Stas

Color Grading

Olivier Ognieux

Camera Equipment

The Movie Lot

Grip Equipment

Cine Qua Non

Light Equipment

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David Knight - 5th Dec 2018

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