Described as being "like a Looney Tunes short for a generation raised on video nasties and rave music", the controversial short film Rubber Johnny by award winning director and video artist Chris Cunningham is re-released on Warp Records today. It will be the last ever pressing of this ground-breaking DVD package.
Rubber Johnny chronicles a 16-year-old, inbred mutant's solitary existence, locked in a dark basement by his TV addict, red neck parents who occasionally feed Johnny or yell at him for making noise. Johnny's only company in the basement is his significantly more intelligent dog.
Featuring music by electronic-meister Aphex Twin, Rubber Johnny is shot entirely on DV in infra-red. The new package also includes Cunningham’s 40-page sketchbook of original drawings and photographic artwork, published for the first time.
The re-release co-incides with the première of a live multimedia AV show featuring remixed, unreleased and brand new videos and music. The Chris Cunningham Show will be showcased at select venues this week (Tonight: Concert Hall, Brighton Dome; Thursday 22 April: Manchester Opera House; Friday 23 April: Royal Festival Hall, London). Check it out, if you can or dare to.