We were just wondering what had happened to the UK's most twisted (and brilliant) music video director, Chris Cunningham. The director of the Aphex Twin's hilariously terrifying Come To Daddy and Windowlicker and Bjork's delicate All is Full of Love (as well as Madonna and Portishead) has dallied with the film business off and on over the past years for the likes of David Fincher, Stanley Kubrick and Clive Barker (a mighty fine employer's list), but has been strangely missing in action recently.
Now, it seems, he's back with a nightmarish and hallucinatory experimental short film called Rubber Johnny which features music by legendary electronic composer, Aphex Twin.
The short film will be released in May this year, accompanied by 40 pages of drawings and photographs - Cunningham's first published book of original artwork, and there's an official website that has appeared online (www.rubberjohnny.tv/) which features an extremely creepy (and somewhat disturbing) few seconds glimpse of the final product.
Rubber Johnny and Spectral Musicians are scheduled for release on DVD on the 23rd May 2005, and news is that Cunningham is finally turning his attention to feature films (hooray!) and is currently developing a feature length script with Warp Films.
Johnny is a hyperactive, shape-shifting mutant child, kept locked away in a basement. With only his feverish imagination and his terrified dog for company, he finds ways to amuse himself in the dark.
1st Nov 04 Above all though, it is the relationship between John and Laura Baxter which is the film’s central focus throughout, and the gradual disintegration of their relationship amidst a haze of grief.