The Greasy Strangler tastes different to all the other films in the kitchen of Sundance programming director Trevor Groth. It is like giving cinema-goers a messy bowl of jelly instead of popcorn or M&M’s. It is an unpretentious and puerile new flavour and experience.
British director Jim Hosking and scriptwriter Toby Harvard took very high risks sending their first feature to Sundance in the US. First, they are not American Indies; they are also not famous. The Greasy Strangler, a story about a greedy clumsy dad and his alike maladjusted son, was on six screening rooms in last January at the original Sundance Film Festival, a relatively low tally given the dimensions of the event.
It received mixed reactions from the public and critic, and stirred a lot of debate and controversy. It is an uncomfortable, visceral and nauseating ride. Below is the recipe used by the director in case you want to make a greasy film at home.
Recipe: How to bake a dirty movie and become a hit at the Sundance Film Festival
Don’t worry if in the end neither father nor son learn anything. There’s a big chance the cake will deflate and be very unsavory. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles!
Observation: The Greasy Strangler was the dirtiest movie screening at Sundance London last June. The least you know, the better. It is out now in cinemas across the UK.