Fudge 44 plays like a cross between an urban legend, an oriental fairy tale and an absurdist Blues Brothers pastiche. Graham Jones’ mockumentary follows six puppets suspected of robbing a Tokyo bank in a bid to save their failing theater. Constructed in large part from interviews with supposed witnesses (actually, cleverly edited conversations with unwitting Tokyo residents), Jones’ film elicited a measure of political correctness uproar because the English voiceovers on the interviews have nothing to do with what the people are saying in Japanese. Jones thus brilliantly exploited people’s mannerisms and expressions to construct his story – but his real target are patronizing Western journalists, whose reporting is often no different.
ReedHeART IFF 2006 – Experimental Award; Backseat FF 2007 – Most Original Film
Graham Jones was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1973. His debut came in 1997 with How to Cheat in the Leaving Certificate. The story of six students planning to falsify their graduation exams made waves in Ireland and was denounced by Junior Minister for Education Willie O’Dea as incitement. In 2005, Jones released Fudge 44 and followed up with the novel Traveller Wedding in 2009. He is currently working on his third feature film production.
1997 How To Cheat in the Leaving Certificate
2006 Fudge 44