SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE

Dir: Matthew Bate, 85 mins, 2011, Australia, MA15+ (strong coarse language) (Source: Madman Entertainment)

The most important audio recording released in the nineties wasn’t a collection of songs by a tortured alternative star. It was a covert audio recording of two older drunken men living in a small flat in San Francisco, who spent their free time yelling, screaming, hitting and generally abusing each other.

In 1987, Eddie and Mitch, two young punks from the Mid West, moved next door to Peter Haskett, a flamboyant gay man, and Raymond Huffman, a raging homophobe. This ultimate odd-couple hated each other with a passion, and through the paper-thin walls their alcohol-fuelled rants terrorised Eddie and Mitch. Fearing for their lives, they began to tape-record evidence of the insane goings on next door. In recording Pete and Ray’s unique dialogue, the boys accidentally created one of the world’s first ‘viral’ pop-culture sensations. Their tapes went on to inspire a cult following, spawning sell-out CD’s, comic artworks by Dan Clowes (Ghost World), stage-plays, music from the likes of Devo and a Hollywood feeding frenzy.

Screens 7pm Saturday 15 October with From Water (Dir: Tony Lawrence, 3:50)


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