“Dirty Bent Bastards”
A Dark Short
I just saw a very dark and outrageous film, “Dirty Bent Bastards”. It is the story of Matthew a lonely gay man who was victim to a homophobic attack in a park in South London which scars him physically and mentally. However, he gets the chance to avenge the attack when he meets Barry, a former business acquaintance who is in touch with some strange connections. Together Maxwell and Barry plan revenge and they know that this could be good for them. They enlist Rock, a gangster friend who lives in Brazil but Maxwell and Barry get him to come to London. However, as time progresses we see that the motives are not what we thought and Maxwell’s attacker is in for quite a surprise.
Believe it or not, this is a comedy, albeit a black comedy and is about the fear we all share of growing old, alone and unloved. The film is quite brutal and it is interesting that in a short 27 minutes it can truly upset viewers. I suppose the film is in your face and over the top but the cast is intriguing and many porn stars appear in cameos. Yet with everything, it makes its point about the anxiety we gay men feel.
The movie parodies British gangster movies and while the film appears to be quite familiar at first, we see that it is not what we thought it was going to be. Suddenly we realize that what the film is really about is the need for love and friendship.