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A new comedy strips back our humanity on October 19

14/10/2016

Aaaaaaaa!, the original new film from Steve Oram is part comedy and other parts avant garde. It gets a DVD release courtesy of Monster Pictures on October 19 after a short run at Lido Cinemas in Melbourne.

Ever imagined what life would be like if humans were apes in modern life? Aaaaaaaah! poses just such a question. Alpha Male, Smith and his Beta, Keith, make a move to take over a local community. They hook up with restless Female, Denise, igniting a deadly feud in which emotions run high and deep-seated grudges re-surface amongst the tribe.

Shot entirely in a language of grunts and gibberish, Aaaaaaaah! is a celluloid primal scream - an anarchic, hilarious, disturbing and touching look at the human condition in which man (and woman) is stripped back to its most primal behaviours exposing the base instincts despite the accoutrements and consumer goods of our modern malaise. The cast includes the writer-director Steve Oram (The World's End), pop singer and actor Toyah Wilcox (Quadrophenia) and Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding from the Mighty Boosh.

Oram in a recent interview with Filmink said “Language allows us to feel clever and above the creatures in nature, when we're actually not at all. We're just apes in clothes living in weird structures."

The Guardian says “its oddly complete universe extends to imagining what primate sitcoms and radio might be like, while a rich strain of bathos yields, among other treats, the cinema's most poignant use of Battenberg cake.”

“The monkey magic in this unquestionably unique slice of cinema,” notes Scream Magazine, “ultimately worked its spell on me.”

The DVD is tricked out with a score of supplementary materials. These include Carolla Cooks: a 10 min version of the cooking show you see at the beginning of the film with Shelley Longworth; PUB!: the full 5 min version of the sitcom that the characters are watching at the end of the film, stars Tony Way and Alice Lowe; The Cast Speaks; and audio commentary with Steve Oram.

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