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Peter Strickland’s foody farce a piss-take


Flux Connoisseur ★★★

(MA 15+) 111 minutes

Speak about enjoying together with your meals. English author and director Peter Strickland has for some years been a part of an experimental band that makes music by recording the sounds of cooking.

Hamming it up: Asa Butterfield stars as Billy Rubin, Fatma Mohamed as Elle di Elle and Ariane Labed as Lamina Propria.

Hamming it up: Asa Butterfield stars as Billy Rubin, Fatma Mohamed as Elle di Elle and Ariane Labed as Lamina Propria.

He jokes in regards to the origins of the Sonic Catering Band being the results of a bout of meals poisoning and a dream by which a Tory well being minister was in telepathic alliance with a tapeworm sect.

That he has a depraved sense of humour isn’t doubtful: “The Sonic Catering Band fashioned, striving to carry out a brand new working observe in digital music while not having to fret about the place their subsequent meal can be coming from…”

Until you recognize this, Flux Connoisseur is senseless. Even while you do know this, it makes little sense. It’s an odd piss-take on the theme of artists and their artwork, benefactors and their calls for, and the general public’s incapacity to tell apart shit from Shinola.

Should you thought Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst had already stated all that with their unmade beds and their cows in formaldehyde, assume once more.

Flux Connoisseur is artwork faculty cool, flipped and fried, its cleverness solely outdone by its want to shock. On this final bit, filmmakers should watch out. John Waters had Divine eat a canine turd on movie 50 years in the past: after that, there’s not a lot level until you eat the entire canine, and this being an English movie, there’s none of that nonsense. Everybody has their limits.

That time is made early on. At a big nation home, the Sonic Catering Institute, artists compete for residencies, which is absolutely only a mattress and a spot to do some wacky recording, presided over by the marvellously overdressed patron Jan Stevens (Gwendoline Christie, in panda eye make-up).

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