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The Dirties takes a bleak comic look at the Elephant in the room

03/06/2014

Glass Doll/Ex Film will be bringing The Dirties, a black comedy from director-co-writer-star Matt Johnson, to home entertainment. A release date has not been confirmed yet, however, the high school set meta-documentary is likely to be out in 2014.

"Remarkable as much for its insights as for its audacity," notes the New York Times. "The Dirties approaches school violence with a comic veneer that slowly shades into deep darkness."

Essentially a movie within a movie, the story revolves around the fictionalised personality of an ostracised film geek who with his best friend seeks revenge on a group of bullies. As the film within a film progresses it becomes unclear which version we're meant to take more seriously - and where reality begins and ends. Filmed at a real high school with students interacting with the leads, The Dirties makes the viewer implicit in the scenario and creates a blur between levels of fiction on various levels.

"Matthew Johnson's The Dirties explores high school violence from a refreshingly original angle," observes the Village Voice.

"The story transitions from a believable portrait of young culture junkies into a showcase of Matt's burgeoning rage so well that it practically implicates viewers in the process," writes Eric Kohn in indieWIRE.

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