Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill inspired Crazy 88 art heist at FACT

Posted on 14 March 2013
By Andy Johnson
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Purple Revolver joined forces with FACT to create a Quentin Tarantino inspired art heist flash mob to celebrate the season of the Pulp Fiction mastermind’s films at the Picturehouse cinema.

FACT’s upstairs bar played host to a live canvas painting of Kill Bill character Gogo by Liverpool’s top graffiti artist Dead One during their screening of Kill Bill this week.

Art fans and movie goers were treated to an impromptu performance featuring Crazy 88 gang members, clad in black and white suits, stormed the building with samurai swords and stole the painting during the intermission of his two part martial arts epic.

The flash mob paid tribute to the stylish 2003 movie, by bringing the Oscar winning writer-director’s Crazy 88 characters bursting off the screen and into real life.

Event specialists Purple Revolver have previously produced a Rene Magritte inspired flash mob at The Tate and also hosted Tarantino at their Death Proof after party, when the director brought the film’s UK premiere to FACT in 2007.

Purple Revolver Art Director Pierce King said: “Tarantino samples many different influences for his movies and this is what we wanted to get across in this video. Bringing elements of the live art we like to do and taking characters from his movie universe.

“The visceral power in Tarantino’s movies provides so many iconic moments to choose from for inspiration.

“But with Kill Bill showing, we knew we had to stage a flash mob featuring the Crazy 88 and what better way to bring them to life than an art heist.

“Liverpool enjoys a special connection with the director after he brought his UK premiere of Death Proof to the city and Picturehouse at FACT’s seasons on his films is a rare chance to see them on the big screen.

“We’re extremely proud to have pulled this off with FACT and would like to thank their creative team for sharing and helping shape our vision.”

A FACT spokeswoman added: “Art and film are both at the heart of FACT, so a Tarantino inspired art-heist was a perfect way to pay tribute to one of our favourite film directors.

“Quentin visited us in 2007 to screen Death Proof and we’re sure he would have appreciated it. We love to surprise our visitors and offer something a little bit special.”