Watch Ghost B.C.’s ‘Papaganda’ Webisode Exploring Papal Lineage
Metal pontiff Papa Emeritus II of Ghost B.C. is the subject of the first episode of the ‘Papaganda’ documentary exploring the band’s papal lineage. In the clip, which debuted at Noisey.com, it looks like Papa is wearing prosthetics that make him resemble a bald Robert Duvall. He appears to be concealing his identity. We are used to seeing him in his cassock and face paint. But don’t get used to him. He’s on his way out.
We learn some of the backstory regarding Papa II vs. Papa I, and about Papa III’s potential. Like any religious dynasty, there is a succession of popes assuming the lead role. Papa II loves a hard-rocking, sexy beat and is a ladies man and entertainer. He admits that he is making the bed for someone who is going to come after him, and his bandmate Nameless Ghoul acknowledges that P II’s days are numbered and compares him to an old and bitter Vincent Price and Don Corleone.
The series was lensed by Greg Olliver, who co-directed and produced 2010’s ‘Lemmy’ doc and the soon-to-be-released psychological thriller ‘Devoured.’
Additional episodes will be revealed in the coming weeks. So grab some popcorn, sink into the butt groove of the couch and get to know Papa II while you have the chance.
“You can’t point a camera at Ghost without every frame of footage looking like heavy-metal gold.” said Olliver about his subject. “To work with a band that’s on a fast rise to fame and has a mysterious story which is currently unraveling requires an entirely different approach. Add in the anonymity of the group and the look that they have … and you suddenly have a whole lot to chew on as a director. The only downside is that I felt a bit silly on stage filming NOT wearing a robe and black mask.”