Raised by his grandmother to be a Pentecostal minister, Ron Athey was speaking in tongues by the age of ten, a heroin addict by seventeen, and a performance artist by twenty-three.Hallelujah!presents Athey's life and work, spending time with him on and off the stage.
An HIV-positive gay man, Athey practices sadomasochistic ritual as a personal religion, using it as a means of transcendence. Although he has become sober and rejected the church, his current work is still full of religious iconography, and he performs self-flagellation and blood-letting on stage as theatrical autobiography. As Athey says, "There are many ways to say hallelujah!"
Using an intimate hand-held, Hi-8 camera style, Hallelujah! combines at home verit̩ footage and interviews with scenes from Athey's trilogy: Martyrs and Saints, Four Scenes in a Harsh Life, and Deliverance.
Aubin Pictures, 1998. Region 1 DVD, 90 mins.
Please note this is a Region 1 DVD and you will need a multi-region DVD player if you live in the UK.