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Bad Boy Bubby


It’s not exactly Ozploitation, but director Rolf de Heer’s outrageous “experiment” (his words) packs in as much violent mayhem, weird sex and  non-P.C. material as any exploitation film you can think of. Its unusual deployment of 31 different directors of photography guarantees a variety of looks as our shut-in hero makes his first grimly comic foray into the outside world. Has some similarities to Paul Bartel’s last film, the similarly obscure Shelf Life. Unreleased theatrically in the US, it came out on DVD in 2005. NSFW Here are a few more thoughts on Bad Boy Bubby at ACMI.

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About Josh Olson

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History Of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay. He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits. The ten-part audio drama Bronzeville which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (The Game) recently wrote and sold the feature spec Trigger Warning, which is being produced by Thunder Road. Josh is the host of Trailers From Hell's official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!

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