Official selection: Sheffield Documentary Film Festival
With his shaved head, meticulously waxed moustache, tattoos, piercings and make-up Drako Oho Zarhazar appears as a true transgressive bohemian, while his manner – charming and disarmingly honest – is that of a perfect gentlemen. In his hometown of Brighton, on Britain’s south coast, there were stories about him – he was a dancer, he modeled for Salvador Dali and he appeared in films by Derek Jarman. But following two serious and unrelated accidents Drako was left with a rare form of amnesia that meant recent events – even from the previous day – would be forgotten.
Director Toby Amies spent years getting to know Drako, documenting the aging bohemian in his small council flat. But this apartment is a marvelous treasure chest in which all that matters or mattered to Drako is placed, from personal momentos and dozens handwritten notes to seemingly endless pictures of nude men. These transform the apartment into something that is both an extension of Drako’s mind and simultaneously an installation work of genuine outsider art.
Amies resists temptation to merely dwell on Drako’s biography or his bohemian lifestyle, although both are present, instead he primarily focuses on the Drako who he knows – a man who doesn’t always remember who the director is, but knows that he is a friend and lives by the maxim: “trust absolute unconditional.” What follows is by turns funny, sad and insightful, telling a deeply poignant story about friendships, aging and memory, and about those magical individuals who exist all around us and whose presence makes the world a colourful and magical place.
Screens with: The Ghost Pepper Eating Contest of Jefferson County
SUN 6, 4PM, PARADISO
WED 9, 9.45PM, LUNA
SAT 12, 3.30PM, SX