SALVATION AND MUCH MORE

Salvation’s origins can be traced back to 1993, when founder Nigel Wingrove started up a film distribution label under the name Redemption Films. Since then, the company has broadened its scope to include the distribution of music and literature.  Salvation Group now comprises the following projects

  • Redemption Films – Redemption showcases the best in European horror and sleaze cinema, with such titles as Killer Nun, Profondo Rosso and films by Jess Franco, Jean Rollin, Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Bruno Mattei, Lucio Fulci among others. They also release classics such as Nosferatu, Vampyr, The Phantom Carriage, M and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
  • Jezebel Films – Soft-core sexploitation from the 60s and 70s.
  • Purgatory Films – Specifically adult interest films, including works by Michael Ninn. Purgatory has both softcore and hardcore titles.
  • Sacrement Films – Contemporary Japanese pink cinema.
  • Triple Silence – Salvation’s record label specialising in dark, sexual and satanic music with a recent move towards more dark metal and all its subgenera.
  • Hydra – an offshoot of Triple Silence, covers Industrial, Martial, Neofolk, Noise and the emerging Military pop genre.
  • Satanic Sluts – Created in 2004 by Nigel Wingrove, is a global community of alternative women, who create horror-themed imagery and performance. Salvation have produced three DVDs and one coffee-table book of photography, called “Blood and Dishonour: The dark, bloody and perversely erotic world of the Satanic Sluts – Satan’s true Sirens” under the name Satanic Sluts.

SALVATION AND CENSORSHIP

In 1996, Wingrove challenged the British Board of Film Classification, which has refused to grant a distribution certificate for his short film “Visions of Ecstasy” on the grounds that it was blasphemous, at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He claimed that the ban breached Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and was disproportionate.Wingrove’s case was supported by the notable figures such as authors Salman Rushdie and Fay Weldon, and film director Derek Jarman, however The Court dismissed the claim and accepted that the criminal law of Blasphemy, as it was applied in England, did not infringe the right to freedom of expression under Article 10. In 1994, Wingrove had also contested the BBFC’s refusal to grant a certificate to the films “Bare Behind Bars”, “Demoniacs” and “Sadomania” at the Video Appeals Committee, though without success.