TRASH TRIPLE BILL: ELEPHANTIDAE

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Because you’ve scoffed all the Oreo Thins, Wagons Wheels and Haribo Tang-Fastics, you feel as large as an elephant and there’s no way you’re getting off that sofa, so we’ve selected the best three films to watch back-to-back-to-back. We’re nice like that.

Theme: Elephantiae

This triple bill is best enjoyed with your trunk hanging out. If you don’t have a trunk, there are plenty of specialist websites you can order one from. They really are quite realistic…

Film One: The Elephant Man (1980, Dir. David Lynch)

This black and white dramatisation of the latter life of John Merrick is infused with heart and soul by John Hurt who gives a sensitive perfomance from behind the prosthetics, and very much holds his own against a top-of-his-game Anthony Hopkins. Lynch directs his second feature with the precision of a filmmaker in the Autumn of his career, employing the industrial soundscapes and imagery that made his debut Eraserhead an avant-garde masterpiece. But rather than creating a surreal nightmare,  those techniques bring Victorian London to life in a way not seen before, or since.

Trash trivia: The first of two times that Anthony Hopkins played a doctor. He would do so again in The Silence of the Lambs, when he played a cannibal, so he couldn’t have eaten The Elephant Man.

Film Two: Elephant (2003, Dir, Gus Van Sant)

After his mainstream breakout success of Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester, Van Sant returned to his art house roots with this Columbine influenced story of a high school shooting. Literally following the interconnected movements of a group of students on the morning of the massacre in this fictional town, Van Sant weaves very natural performances from his young cast amidst shallow depth of field and very realistic gun fire.

Trash trivia: There are only 88 shots in this film… and the bitch ain’t one.

Film Three: Dumbo (1941,Dir. Ben Sharpsteen et el)

The darkest film in the Disney canon, (yes, even darker than *that* moment in Toy Story 3) is a tale of a mother and son ripped apart by bullies within their community. Although the script is a little unstructured and it seems to end rather abruptly, the mix of cartoonish animation with DaDa-ist imagery means this really is not a kids film. Utterly harrowing.

Trash trivia: This is the first of Disney’s animated films to be set in the contemporary time of its release. We no longer live in a time of talking birds and flying Elephants. You can’t stop progress.

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