HELLO DANKNESS — A film by Soda Jerk
Presented by Castlemaine Documentary Festival in partnership with MAIN FM & Theatre Royal
Screening and Q&A
Tuesday 23 January 2024 — 7:30pm
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
Famed remix flmmakers, Soda Jerk (Terror Nullius), are back with a new cinematic remix on cultural decline and political degradation. Comprised entirely of hundreds of film samples, Hello Dankness is a political fable that bear witness to the psychotropic spectacle of American politics from 2016 to 2021, and the mythologies and lore that took root around it.
Taking form as a suburban stoner musical, the film follows a neighborhood through these years as consensus reality disintegrates into conspiracy and other contagions.
What unfolds is a rogue retelling of history in which hotdogs debate the culture wars, trashcans preach QAnon, zombies rally for revolution, and real events are refashioned as Broadway bangers from Cats, Les Miserables, Annie, and The Phantom of the Opera. There are songs and dancing, moments of menace and melancholy, shitposting and deep sincerity.
Begun in 2019 and labored on throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Hello Dankness is a record of the time, written from the time.
The cast of characters include Tom Hanks, Annette Bening, Bruce Dern, Ice Cube, Wayne and Garth, Maya and Ana, Rue and Jules, Seth Rogan and Reyn Doi. American politicians play themselves, with Jesse Eisenberg in the role of Mark Zuckerberg, and The Phantom of the Opera as Vladimir Putin.