The Wild Boys

Mandico’s genre- and gender-bending surrealist work zigzags through a perverse, hyper-stylized world of transgressions. Outrageous vulgarity blends with refinement as machismo’s cruelty and the glory of sexual freedom are exposed in this phantasmagorical visual feast and erotic fantasia.

Transgressive, erotic and powerfully playful around concepts of gender, sex and desire, The Wild Boys is something special. Set at the turn of the 20th century, the film centres on a group of notoriously delinquent upper-class schoolboys, all played by women, who take their newfound sexual aggression too far. As punishment, they’re entrusted to a barbaric sea captain, thrust onto a dilapidated sailboat and sent into the unknown. Their port of call is a supernatural island with luxuriant vegetation and bewitching powers that holds a dark and disturbing secret. Impressively merging such disparate influences as Joseph Conrad, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kenneth Anger, Joseph Von Sternberg and Wakamatsu Koji in a gorgeous, mostly black-and-white feast of magical visions, The Wild Boys is a one-of-a-kind coming-of-age fantasy adventure that probes the dark, dank regions of the human psyche.

Screenings: Venice Film Festival 2017, IFFR 2018, Goteborg Film Festtival 2018, Outfest 2018
Dir. Bertrand Mandico / France / Experimental / 2017 / 110mins / Australian Premiere

“Mandico has made a wildly strange debut, striking enough to make you sit up and pay attention.”

Cath Clarke
The Guardian

“The Wild Boys is highly pleasurable both as an hyper-crafted aesthetic object and as a sweetly dirty-minded erotic fantasia, polyvalent enough to please all comers”

Jonathan Romney
Film Comment
12:00 Pm NOON
Saturday 15th September
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