Trailer for Hollywood Burn (2006)

Digital video, 52 minutes

Hollywood Burn is an anti-copyright epic constructed entirely from hundreds of samples pirated from the Hollywood archive. It pits a righteous league of video pirates against the evil tyrant Moses and his Copyright Commandments. Determined to alter the present by changing the past, the pirates travel back to 1955 to construct the ultimate weapon: an Elvis Presley video-clone.


Part sci-fi + rom com + biblical epic + action movie, this remix manifesto adopts the tactical responses of the parasite, feeding off the body of Hollywood and inhabiting its cinematic codes. The unwitting all-star cast includes Elvis Presley, Charlton Heston, Jack Sparrow, Monkey Magic, Bette Davis, Batman, Jaws, Jesus, the Hulk, the Hoff and the Ghostbusters.


Completed over 4 years in collaboration with artist Sam Smith, Hollywood Burn is freely available to view, clone, share, or screen and can be streamed or downloaded here.  Or please get in touch if you'd like a free hi-res screener file.

Materials:  2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), 21 Jump Street ‘Champagne High’ (1988), A Few Dollars More (1965), The A-Team ‘Mexican Slayride’ & ‘The Taxicab Wars’ (1983), The Anniversary (1968), Army of Darkness: Evil Dead 3 (1993), Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future II (1989), Back to the Future III (1990), Bad Boys (1995), Bamboozled (2000), Batman of the Future (1999), Batman: The Movie (1966), Battlestar Galactica (2004 - 2009), Beyond 2000 (1985 - 1999), Bill Collins' Golden Years of Hollywood (1975), Blake’s 7 ‘Duel’ + ‘Seek-Locate-Destroy’ + ‘Project Avalon’ (1978), Blade Runner (1982), Blue Hawaii (1961), Braveheart (1995), Britney Spears Live From Las Vegas (2001), Buffy the Vampire Slayer ‘Chosen’ & ‘Once More with Feeling’ (2001), Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons ‘Crater 101’ + ‘Dangerous Rendezvous’ + ‘Lunaville 7’ + ‘Ricochet’ + ‘Spectrum Strikes Back’ (1967), Carnivàle (2003), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Child's Play 2: Chucky's Back (1990), Clash of the Titans (1981), C.O.P.S. Crime Doesn't Pay (1988), CQ (2001), Cremaster 3 (2002), Dead Kids (1981), Death Race 2000 (1975), Defenders of the Earth (1986), Destroy All Monsters (1968), Die Hard (1988), Disaster at Silo 7 (1988), Donnie Darko (2001), Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966), Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Elvis '68 Comeback Special (1968), ER (1994 -2009), Escape from L.A. (1996), Escape from New York (1981), The Fifth Element (1997), Fight Club (1999), Fireball XL (1962), Flesh and the Devil (1926), The Fly II (1989), Friday the 13th (1980), Fun In Acapulco (1963), Future Cop II (1991), Gerry (2002), Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), Gigantis the Fire Monster (1955), G.I. Jane (1997), Girls, Girls, Girls (1962), Godzilla: Invasion of the Astro Monsters (1965), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956), Godzilla: All Monsters Attack (1969), Godzilla on Monster Island (1972), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Hackers (1995), Hollywood Remembers: All About Bette (1994), Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), House Party (1990), House Party 2 (1991), Hulk (2003),The Incredible Hulk (1982), Independence Day (1996), I was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957), Indestructible Man (1956), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Inspector Gadget (1983 - 1986), Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002), Jacob's Ladder (1990), Jail Bait (1954), Jail House Rock (1957), Jarhead (2005), Jaws (1975), Jaws II (1978), Jem and the Holograms ‘Video Wars’ (1988), Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Jesus: The Man Behind the Millennium (1979), Journey to the Center of Time (1967), Judge Dredd (1995), Karate Kid (1984), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), The Killers (1964), King Creole (1958), King of Rock 'n' Roll (1994), Knight Rider ‘Soul Survivor’ + ‘Knightmares’  + ‘Don't Trust Rust’ (1982), Kung Faux Vol.3 (2004), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Law and Order (1990 -), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Lethal Weapon (1987), Live a Little, Love a Little (1968), Magnum P.I. ‘China Doll’ (1980), Masters of the Universe the Motion Picture (1987), Megaforce (1982), MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992), The Milton Berle Show (1956), Monkey ‘A Shadow so Huge’ + ‘Better the Demon you Know’  + ‘Even Monsters can be People’ + ‘The Fake Pilgrims’  + ‘The Fountain of Youth’ + ‘Give or Take’ + ‘Who Am I?’ (1980), Moonraker (1979), Mr and Mrs Smith (2005), Mulholland Dr. (2001), New Moon (2009), Night of the Ghouls (1959), Nip / Tuck ‘Cara Fitzgerald’  + ‘Megan O'Hara’ + ‘Nanette Babcock’ (2003), The One (2001), Orphée (1950),The Patriot (2000), Peter Pan: Animated Classics Collection (1988), Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006 (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959), The Power Within (1979), Primer (2004), Project V.I.P.E.R. (2002), Pump Up the Volume (1990), The Punisher (1989), Psycho (1960), Rambo III (1988), Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988), RoboCop (1987), Rocky (1976), Running Against Time (1990), The Shining (1980), Six Feet Under (2001 - 2005), Speedway (1968), Spinout (1966), Stage Show (1956), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Starcrash (1979), Starsky and Hutch (2004), Stay Away Joe (1968), The Story of Jesus for Children (1979), The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), The Ten Commandments (1956), Thelma and Louise (1991), The Third Man (1949), Thunderbird 6 (1968), Thunderbirds ‘Lord Parker’s Oliday’ +  ‘Martian Invasion’  + ‘Ricochet’  +  ‘Trapped in the Sky’ (1965 - 1966), Thunderbirds Are Go (1966), T.J. Hooker (1982 - 1986), Top Gun (1986), Treasure Island (1972), True Lies (1994), The Twilight Zone (1959 -1964), Twin Peaks (1990 - 1991), Videodrome (1983), The War of the Worlds (1953), The West Wing ‘Memorial Day’ (2004) + ‘What Kind of Day Has It Been?’ (2000), Wild at Heart (1990), Young Frankenstein (1974), Zeram (1991). Music: Afrika Bambataa and the Soulsonic Force Planet Rock, Alan Silvestri Back to the Future, Andrew Lloyd Webber The Phantom of the Opera, Angelo Badalamenti Dub Driving + Mulholland Dr, Aphex Twin Grass + Metapharistic + Tree + Window Sill, Autechre Pir + Reniform Puls + Tapr, BBC Sound Effects No.2 Large Airport, Beastie Boys (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right, Bernard Herrmann The Bathroom + Twisted Nerve + Paranoid, Billy Bob Thornton Angelina, Black Sabbath Iron Man, Bob Marley Bad Boys, Body Count Cop Killer, Buck 65 Blood of a Young Wolf, Buggles Video Killed the Radio Star, Busta Rhymes Fire It Up (Instrumental), Celine Dion My Heart Will Go On, Cornelius Clash, Danny Elfman The Finale (Corpse Bride) + Main Titles + The Grand Finale (Edward Scissorhands), David Bowie I'm Deranged (Edit), Deep Purple Space Truckin’, Deetta Little and Nelson Pigford Gonna Fly Now, Depeche Mode Nothing To Fear + Something To Do, Destiny's Child Survivor, Devo Penetration in the Cent, DJ Krush with Rhythm Troops Krushed Wall, DJ QBert Movement 3: Inside-Out Body Warp + Street Fighter vs. Mortal Combat, DJ Shadow Blood on the Motorway + GDMFSOB (UNKLE Uncensored) + Mashin' on the Motorway, DJ Yoda Yoda Meets the A-Team + Yoda in Knight Rider, The Doors Break on Through, Dr Octagon Blue Flowers, Dumb Type Torch Song, Dust Brothers Main Title (Fight Club), Elvis Presley Jail House Rock + Trouble, Eminem Without Me, Ennio Morricone The Good, the Bad and the Ugly + A Few Dollars More, Europe The Final Countdown, Fantômas 04/03/05 Sunday + Delierium Cordia + One Step Beyond, Fat Boys feat. The Beach Boys Wipe Out, FX Randomiz Lormschoblei, George Michael Freedom, Ghetto People feat. LVis In the Ghetto, Grandmaster Flash Adventures on the Wheels of Steel, Guns 'n' Roses Live and Let Die, Gyorgy Ligeti Lux Aeterna, Gyorgy Ligeti Requiem, Harold Faltermeyer Axel F, Hazard Church, Herbie Hancock & Grandmixer DXT Rockit  + Rockit (Remix), Howard Shore Gollum's Song (feat. Emiliana Torrini), Howard Shore Helm's Deep, Iron Maiden Doctor Doctor, J.J. Abrams Main Title (Lost), James Horner Freedom Theme, Janet Jackson Interlude: Let's Dance + Interlude: Pledge + Rhythm Nation, Jeff Beal Carnivale Main Title Theme, Joe Esposito You're the Best, John Barry Flight into Space, John Williams Imperial March + The Raiders March + Star Wars Main Title + Theme From Jaws, Jonathan Bepler Chrysler Chorale Overture, Joss Whedon Walk Through the Fire, Justin Timberlake Rock Your Body, Kenny Loggins Danger Zone, Klaus Badelt He's a Pirate, Klaus Badelt One Last Shot, Lady Gaga Bad Romance, Led Zeppelin Immigrant Song, LL Cool J Can't Live Without My Radio, Madonna Like A Prayer, Mark Mothersbaugh We Call Them Pirates Out Here, Maurice Jarre Main Title (Laurence of Arabia), Metallica For Whom the Bell Tolls, Michael Andrews Insurance Trap, Michael Gore Fame, Michael Jackson Bad + Black or White + Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough + Smooth Criminal + Thriller, Mick Jagger & Dave Stewart Old Habits Die Hard, Mickie Yoshino & Yukihide Takekawa Monkey Magic, Miklos Rozsa Attack!, Missy Elliot Don't Be Cruel + Get Ur Freak On (Remix) + Lose Control + We Run This + Work It, Mix Master Mike Marvel, *NSYNC Dirty Pop, Nancy Sinatra These Boots are Made for Walkin', N.W.A. Fuck the Police, Nelly Hot in Here, Neneh Cherry Buffalo Stance (Sukka Mix), Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit, Paul Lekakis Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room), Peaches Fuck the Pain Away, Pearl Jam Jeremy, Portishead Mysterons, Prince Batdance, Public Enemy Bring the Noise + Don't Believe the Hype, Queen Flash, Quindon Tarver When Doves Cry, Radiohead The National Anthem, Rahzel Beatboxing vs. Scratching + The Human Beatbox, Ray Parker Jr. Ghostbusters, Rechenzentrum 35mm + Gaujatotale + IBM, Richard Gibbs Battlestar Galactica, Richard Strauss Also Spach Zarathurstra, Run DMC Ghostbusters, Salt and Pepper Push It, Squarepusher 50 Cycles, Squarepusher Menelec, Stetsasonic Talkin' All That Jazz, Survivor Eye of the Tiger, Tapeworm Pharmapsychological (The Climax of Evolution), The 45 King The 900 Number, The Beatles Across the Universe, The Cure Love Cats, The Doors The End, The Fiery Furnaces Does it Remind You of When?, The Fiery Furnaces Rehearsing My Musical, The Herd High Seas, The Kills No Wow / Telephone Radio Germany, The KLF Dr. Who (Timelords), The Sugarhill Gang Rapper's Delight, The Village People You Can't Stop the Music, The White Stripes Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground, Thomas Newman Six Feet Under Title Theme, Tony! Toni! Tone! House Party (I Don't Know What You Came to Do), Trans Am Lets Take the First Step Together, Trent Reznor Videodrones; Questions, Trey Parker America, Fuck Yeah, W.G. Snuffy Walden The West Wing Theme, Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind Main Theme (The Shining). Games: Hulk (X Box), Street Fighter II (Arcade), Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64), Super Street Fighter II (Gameboy Advance). Studio Trademarks: 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount, Universal.