Director: Matthew Bate | Australia 2011 | 93 min
How did one create a viral cult hit before the Internet was invented? Answer: one copied and distributed ones own cassette tapes and sent them all over the country by postal order! And this is exactly what the two young slackers Eddie and Mitch did, when they in 1987, after high school, moved into a dilapidated flat in San Francisco, and soon became acquainted involuntarily with their two drunk and extremely noisy neighbours: the homophobic and forever bad-tempered Raymond, and his flamboyant flatmate Peter. And with their everlasting and almost surreal arguments, which contained the now immortal phrase as a fixed refrain: "Shut up, little man!" Eddie and Mitch started to record their neighbours through an open kitchen window, and this is where the bizarre and incredibly funny story about a phenomenon starts, which has since been "remixed" on the radio, in the theatre, in comics, in lyrics, on t-shirts and in three film projects that came to nothing. But it also raises ethical questions about voyeurism, copyrights and about what we know about other people's lives - and which ends with the two now adult friends embarking on a quirky detective story to find Peter and Raymond. The result is a simultaneously entertaining and reflective film, which surpasses any type of fiction.
Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (Australia, 2011, 93 min.)
Director: Matthew Bate. Producer: Sophie Hyde. Production: Closer Productions.