TERROR NULLIUS 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
South Australian Premiere
“a crazy, punch-drunk, astral-projecting, bizarro roller-coaster ride through Australian cinema” (The Guardian)
Soda_Jerk made headlines earlier this year when the Ian Potter Cultural Trust withdrew its support for the project it had helped to fund. And yes, it certainly lives up to their fears. A young Nicole Kidman leaps her BMX over Mad’s Interceptor, registering a righteous feminist anger in this wildly imaginative and deeply subversive mash-up of Australian cinema and politics from the sisters/art collective, Soda_Jerk. Taking Australia films since 1967 as found footage to be recombined and digitally composited, new political meanings suddenly explode. Pauline Hanson stands shoulder to shoulder with the Humungus while Skippy ponders the politics of queer theory. Their intervention into Australian culture brings women, refugees, indigenous and gay people out from the margins in truly radical (and very funny) fashion.
“a weird, dazzling, kinetic, dizzyingly ambitious, sensationally mishmashed beast of an Australian film, one part video art installation project, one part revisionist documentary, and one part, I don’t know – LSD-infused YouTube compilation video?... And it is a crazy, punch-drunk, astral-projecting, bizarro roller-coaster ride through Australian cinema, with an unnerving ability to observe things that were never said and forge connections that were never made.” (Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian Australia)
Funding Partners: ACMI
Director Soda_Jerk | Producer Soda_Jerk | Editor Soda_Jerk | Post-Production: Soda_Jerk, Sam Smith, Sound Design: Soda_Jerk, Sam Smith
Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a two-person art collective who work at the intersection of documentary and speculative fiction. They are fundamentally interested in the politics of images: how they circulate, whom they benefit, and how they can be undone. Their sample-based practice takes the form of films, video installations, cut-up texts and lecture performances. Based in New York since 2012, they have exhibited in museums, galleries, cinemas and torrent sites.