Possibly the best film we’ve seen this year, Mondomanila is a Filipino slum musical comedy with a difference.
Inspired by the ‘Mondo’ documentaries of the 1960s, Mondomanila shows a colourful, glamorous, violent, rancid and perverse society in the gutter, in flashy, fast-cut scenes, with absurd dialogues and bizarre events. While the ‘Mondo’ films were exploitative trash, Mondomanila is made by slum insiders using exuberant video clips, grubby film noir, hyper-realistic documentary and even slapstick.
Characters include the teenager Tony D and his depraved friends. There’s Lovely Loanshark, the gambling addict, a slum milker who’s always screaming. Sgt. Pepper is a policeman and (to his great dismay) the father of only daughters and a gay son. There’s Steve Banners, the old white pederast, and Ogo X, the misformed rapper.
We urge you to see this movie, which is probably enjoying its first UK screening outside of a festival. This screening forms the start of Deptford Film Club’s autumn season of subversive trash, and the end of our summer MONDO POP season.
- “A celebration of a crazy circus… with appropriately garish party colours and a series of upbeat hip-hop song-and-dance numbers.” The List
- “Gutter poetry at its finest, Khavn De La Cruz’s parade of humanity at its strangest is not to be missed.” Twitch
- “A high-energy, post-punk genre-bending spectacle.” Piran Cafe
Where: Enclave Projects, Resolution Way, Deptford SE8 4NT
When: 7.30pm Wednesday 4 September 2013
Tickets: £5 entry on the door (£3 members)