Soda Jerk Presents: Hello Dankness TBC

Mike Myers dressed as his character from the film Wayne's World pictured in front of a big YouTube sign.
22 June
Arc Cinema
$12 / $10
Dir: Soda Jerk, TBC, Australia, United States, 2022, 70mins, DCP,

Comprised entirely of hundreds of film samples, Hello Dankness is a political fable that bears 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 witnesses consensus reality disintegrating into conspiracy and other contagions. What unfolds is a rogue retelling of history in which hot dogs debate the culture wars, trash cans preach QAnon, zombies rally for revolution, and real events are refashioned as Broadway tunes from Cats, Les Misérables, Annie and The Phantom of the Opera.

Begun in 2019 and laboured on throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Hello Dankness is a record of the time, written from the time.

Soda Jerk is an artist duo who make sample-based films with a rogue documentary impulse. They are fundamentally interested in the politics of images: how they circulate, whom they benefit and how they can be undone. Formed in Sydney in 2002, they’ve been in based in New York since 2012. Hello Dankness (2022) follows their controversial political revenge fable TERROR NULLIUS (2018), which The Guardian named one of the best Australian movies of the decade.

Hello Dankness is a glorious ode to the power re-editing has to change meaning and reorganise a story’ – Collider



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