The Monkey Dust Tasting Party

THE MONKEY DUST TASTING PARTY — (Curated by Richard Metzger!) — Trailer by Alex Nicolaou from Fx3 on Vimeo.


This is a trailer for a film night event that was held at The Diletantte in Los Angeles, CA organized in part by Jacqueline Elaine Gomez, a frequent contributor to the Hermetic Library visual pool, and the person behind The Church of Anthrax and the Tree Altars project. The guest curator this time was Richard Metzger of Dangerous Minds. Unfortunately, I didn’t get this posted before the event, but you can at least get an idea of what the overall series is for the future and hear a little bit about the specific event in retrospect.


“This Friday night, as part of the First Friday Film series at The Dilettante, downtown in Little Tokyo’s warehouse district, I will be presenting “The Monkey Dust Tasting Party,” a screening/party with the evening’s centerpiece being an approximately 75-minute-long highlight reel that I put together (with editor Alex Nicolaou) from nine hours of the demented, outrageous and utterly brilliant BBC Three animated omnibus, Monkey Dust.

Think MTV’s old Liquid Television series or Adult Swim’s edgy cartoon fare, but kicked up a few notches and ultra BLEAK. The Observer called Monkey Dust “the most subversive show on television. The topical animated series is dark and unafraid to tackle taboo subjects such as paedophilia, taking us to Cruel Britannia, a creepy place where the public are hoodwinked by arrogant politicians and celebrities.” Monkey Dust also features n’er do well jihadis, chat-room perverts, kidnappers, drug addicts, sleazy sex, Nazi grandfathers and murder. The soundtrack includes music by Goldfrapp, Boards of Canada, Pulp, Black Box Recorder and Eels.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that the majority of Americans have never been exposed to Harry Thompson and Shaun Pye’s animated TV masterpiece, which is why I am so excited to get to present it on Friday night. In the past, the guest curators at the First Friday Film series have pulled out gems like Belladonna of Sadness and The Apple, but I don’t think anyone is going to be let down by the mind-blowing mayhem that is Monkey Dust. The series originally aired in Britain starting in 2003. Three series of six half-hour episodes were made before the tragic death of series co-creator Thompson from lung cancer in 2005. Only series one was ever released on DVD, although the other two have long been traded on torrent sites.” [via]


“FX3 is pleased to rein in October with our First Friday Film event!
(October 5th)
Richard Metzger, author, journalist & current host of the online talk show, ‘Dangerous Minds’ has decided it’s damn time you had a dose of Monkey Dust — a warped and nihilistic meditation on the UK in the early to mid 2000s. Some might call it the best cartoon satire ever aired on the BBC.
Doors open up at 8:30 PM – come early for drinks, conversation, tunes spun by our DJ (Mr. Metzger himself) and stay for the projections, special guest speakers and the screening of our ultra-special ‘selects-cut’ of Monkey Dust, sampling from all 3 of the original BBC series. Hell, we all might have to turn the damn thing into a party post-show…so prepare yourself for a full night.
5$ at the door!
Dilettante Gallery
120 N. Santa Fe Ave.
Downtown Los Angeles” [via]