What if Humans behaved more like apes? That is the premise of Steve Oram’s exceptionally bizarre, offbeat comedy “Aaaaaaaah!” which comes to UK BD and DVD this month from Icon Entertainment.
Set in an unspecified London suburb, the film follows the exploits of one family and their friends, as they go about their daily lives.
There’s no English dialogue in the film, everyone talks in grunts and although they do all the regular stuff ordinary folk do, shopping, playing football, partying etc, their behaviour is more gorilla-like, as the males fight each other for dominance over the females and everyone just craps on the floor.
A very strange film, in which director Steve Oram (Sightseers) plays the lead, and an almost unrecognisable Toyah Wilcox co-stars as the head of the family, it almost defies category. It’s kind of like watching a nature documentary run amok, without any narration.
Shot on a shoestring budget, using the money Steve Oram got from doing the voice overs for a series of Ladbrokes commercials, the film was a firm favourite on the festival circuit and has been available Digitally online since October. But this marks the first time it has been released to disc, which comes with a selection of special features, including…
Directors commentary track – Steve Oram provides an amusing and insightful commentary track that accompanies the main feature.
The Cast Speaks – A 20 minute series of interviews with the main cast, including Toyah Wilcox, Julian Barrat, Lucy Honigman and the others, in which they discuss their characters and how they got involved with the production.
Also included are the TV shows the cast were watching during the film, Carolla Cooks (9mins), which is the full length version of the cookery program with Shelly Longworth (TVs Benidorm) playing a Deliah Smith type character, which Toyah’s character is watching, and PUB (5mins), which is the comedy show the family watch, featuring Tony Way (Game of Thrones) and Alice Lowe (Sightseers).
A very bizarre film, which really left me wondering just what the hell I was watching, made even more bizarre by its king crimson soundtrack and the director’s decision to film it in 133:1 (4:3) aspect ratio, which is the old style TV full screen ratio, which produces black bars either side of the screen.
As for whether you will enjoy this film, I can only suggest watching it a seeing for yourself. The film is released onto UK BD and DVD January 18th.
Buy the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk
Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk