The Artist & the Pervert


Scotiabank Theatre 3 Fri, Apr 27, 2018 8:30 PM
Hart House Theatre Sun, Apr 29, 2018 11:45 AM
Hart House Theatre Fri, May 4, 2018 6:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Austrian German
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Gender & Sexuality
Love & Sexuality
Love & Relationships
Music & Musicians
Race & Racism
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Beatrice Behn
René Gebhardt
Producer(s):Beatrice Behn
René Gebhardt
Beth Powell
Editor(s):Beatrice Behn
René Gebhardt
Cinematography:Beatrice Behn
René Gebhardt
Antje Wilms
Henriette Rodenwald
Composer:Georg-Friedrich Haas
Amanda Palmer
Sound:Linus Nickl


When a famed composer and the child of Austrian Nazis, Georg Friedrich Haas, and a renowned African-American kink educator, Mollena Lee Williams, fall in love, they enter into a complicated relationship exploring race, sexuality, politics and power relations through BDSM and a master/slave power dynamic. But when they willingly place their relationship into the public spotlight in a New York Times article, their private life falls under public scrutiny. Some believe them to be revolutionary, while others call them perverted, questioning how Georg can call himself a feminist if he wants to dominate his wife, and how a Black woman can voluntarily accept such a submissive role. Together they move forward through their own discovery of radical self-definition, defying stereotypes as they explore self-acceptance and love through partnership, art, love and creativity. Who are we to judge? Heather Haynes

Additional Information

Toronto Star - 3 Stars, "Surprisingly sweet."

In the Seats - 3.5 Stars, "Inspiring"

POV - "A smack of politically incorrect racial sex play, a spanking of gender-inappropriate kink and a touch of genius entitlement add up to a happy creative marriage in the provocative, warm-hearted film The Artist & The Pervert."

blogTO - "The Artist & The Pervert - North American Premiere at Hot Docs"

Women and Hollywood - "Hot Docs 2018 Women Directors: Meet Beatrice Behn - “The Artist & the Pervert”\

Original Cin - "Hot Docs: What to see during sprawling (and way cool) Documentary Festival."