Take a walk on the wild side at this special screening of a newly-remastered, 21st anniversary version of Bad Boy Bubby, introduced by the inimitable Rolf de Heer.
A jet-black comedy crafted with an insane audacity, Australian writer/director Rolf de Heer’s breakthrough film is a genuine cult classic still whispered about more than two decades after it first delighted and disgusted cinemagoers.
An abused slave to his monstrous mother, Bubby (Nicholas Hope) finally escapes his lifelong imprisonment in her disgusting basement by his mid-30s – and plunges into the arms of a savage city, wreaking havoc on an extreme adventure of self-discovery. Everything is new, unknown and weird – trees, pizzas, music, and especially people – and Bubby’s sensory overload is ingeniously replicated by 32 different cinematographers and a binaural sound rig taped to the actor’s skull.
Born in the Netherlands, APSA Academy Member Rolf de Heer came to Australia with his family at the age of eight. A graduate of Sydney’s Australian Film Television and Radio School, he is the boundary-pushing mastermind of challenging cinema, helming everything from offbeat musical comedy, sci-fi thriller and black-and-white silent movies to heartfelt stories of Aboriginal Australia and a disturbing urban legend of a murderous man-child.