Final Faeces (2006)
By: Devon B. on May 24, 2009  |  Comments ()  |  Bookmark and Share
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Director: Frank Daft
Starring: Simon James, Frank Daft, Ben Crothers, Cameron Geeves
Writer: Frank Daft
Country: Austrlia
Don't ever make the mistake of thinking New Zealand customs officials are less uptight than the ones we have here in Australia. When writer/director/star Frank Daft took his short film Final Faeces abroad he may have been hoping for acclaim, glory, riches and a few free beers. Instead, he got strip searched and all copies of his film were seized as objectionable material. When Daft asked if he could have the copies back when he returned to Australia, he was told if it was banned in New Zealand it would definitely be banned in Australia. The story ends on a happy note, though. When submitted to the New Zealand censors, they gave Final Faeces an R-16 rating for "violence, offensive language and content that may disturb," noting that the budgetary constraints kept the film from being too believable. The customs office was forced to return the copies of the film, and Final Faeces went on to win first prize at Trasharama and was played around Australia without incident.

The story of Final Faeces is profound in its simplicity. A man with a food fetish makes some rather juvenile prank calls. Unfortunately for him, he rings two guys that decide to track him down and make him pay for fucking with them. On their way to teach him his lesson, they treat people they encounter with extreme nastiness and disdain.

Final Faeces is a film with something for everyone, or rather, something to offend everyone. Censors may normally have their heads up their asses, but the Kiwis got it right when they said there was content that might disturb. Not since Pink Flamingos has there been a story this hellbent on repulsing its audience. Puking, drug injection, shitting, racism, bad puns and more shitting are all here to put viewers off as Finale Faeces builds to a climax that will delight corpophiliacs and disgust everyone else.

While there are a few problems, namely in the makeup and FX departments, these are usually to do with the low, low budget of Final Faeces. But there are moments of extreme authenticity that may well leave you wishing the whole movie had been unrealistic. The acting is better than I expected; it's completely hammy, but suits the material for the most part. The good far outweighs the bad for fans of the outrageously offensive, and there are some really funny jokes and set ups scattered throughout the film (though the final punchline will probably be lost on anyone not hailing from Tasmania).

Highly recommended to fans of John Waters' early cinematic efforts, Final Faeces can be screened right here in the Digital Retribution Grindhouse, so take a look. It's okay to watch even if you live in New Zealand.
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