Attention all you groovy little fuckers lucky enough to live in the city of Los Angeles… (I just love saying that).
This Friday night, as part of the First Friday Film series at The Dilettante, downtown in Little Tokyo’s warehouse district, I will be presenting “The Monkey Dust Tasting Party,” a screening/party with the evening’s centerpiece being an approximately 75-minute-long highlight reel that I put together (with editor Alex Nicolaou) from nine hours of the demented, outrageous and utterly brilliant BBC Three animated omnibus, Monkey Dust.
Think MTV’s old Liquid Television series or Adult Swim’s edgy cartoon fare, but kicked up a few notches and ultra BLEAK. The Observer called Monkey Dust “the most subversive show on television. The topical animated series is dark and unafraid to tackle taboo subjects such as paedophilia, taking us to Cruel Britannia, a creepy place where the public are hoodwinked by arrogant politicians and celebrities.” Monkey Dust also features n’er do well jihadis, chat-room perverts, kidnappers, drug addicts, sleazy sex, Nazi grandfathers and murder. The soundtrack includes music by Goldfrapp, Boards of Canada, Pulp, Black Box Recorder and Eels.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that the majority of Americans have never been exposed to Harry Thompson and Shaun Pye’s animated TV masterpiece, which is why I am so excited to get to present it on Friday night. In the past, the guest curators at the First Friday Film series have pulled out gems like Belladonna of Sadness and The Apple, but I don’t think anyone is going to be let down by the mind-blowing mayhem that is Monkey Dust. The series originally aired in Britain starting in 2003. Three series of six half-hour episodes were made before the tragic death of series co-creator Thompson from lung cancer in 2005. Only series one was ever released on DVD, although the other two have long been traded on torrent sites.
Now here’s the thing: the Monkey Dust screening will actually start at 9:30, but I strongly recommend getting there early (doors will open at 8:30) because of a “special surprise” (call it “entertainment insurance”) that will await early arrivals. You can chose to ignore my advice and arrive just before the show starts, but you’ll regret it, trust me, when you realize what you have missed…
The Diletantte, 120 North Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012