Dear Shaded Viewers,

Bacon Meets Burroughs [Compiled & Coiled Edit]

During the recording for the 1982 film on William Burroughs (the resulting programme airing in the UK on 22nd February 1983), Arena followed him to the home and studio of old friend Francis Bacon, where he drops in for a cup of tea and a catch up. This meeting has never been fully broadcast, and the clip is supposedly shown uncut as the pair discuss their views on painting.

This unofficial, Fair Use/Fair Dealings compilation by Barrington Arts also includes all other related footage from that day in 1982 that has ever been publicly leaked.

This unauthorised edit also includes a soundtrack of COIL tracks recorded in the same period as the film footage (1982-83).

The majority of the footage here was directed by Howard Brookner and Nigel Finch.

Footage used from the following sources for review purposes (in date of release order):

“Arena: Burroughs” (Feb 1983) (H. Brookner/Nigel Finch) “Burroughs: The Movie” (Oct 1983) (Howard Brookner) “Arena: Francis Bacon” (Nov 1984) (Adam Low) “Arena: Tea with Burroughs and Bacon” (Jul 2013) (Howard Brookner/Nigel Finch) “Arena: Bacon Meets Burroughs UNCUT” (Nov 2013) (Howard Brookner/Nigel Finch) “Uncle Howard” (Dec 2016) (Aaron Brookner) “Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence” (Feb 2017) (Richard Curson Smith) “Here’s what Soho looked like in the 80s” (Jun 2017) (Time Out London) Photography used from the following sources for review purposes: Dick Jewell ( and Allen Ginsberg amongst others. Digital edit of Bacon/Burroughs Tangier beach photograph by Barrington Arts. Coil Soundtrack from the following sources for review purposes: Coil – “Stealing The Words” (3rd Aug 1982) (from “Transparent”, ESKATON 017) Coil – “S is for Sleep” (1983) (from “The Elephant Table Album”, X Tract XX 001) Coil – “Here To Here (Double Headed Secret)” (Oct 1983) (from “The Beast 666”, Nekrophile Rekords ?– NRC03) Barrington Arts

P.S. Thank you Michael Nyman for the post…

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.