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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

L.A. Officially Responsible For the Shittiest Film Ever Made


People often ask me the source of my deep loathing for Los Angeles. Really, it comes from a variety of sources: the Dodgers and Lakers; the sprawl; the aloofness; the psychosis of Hollywood; the fact that it is just not New York… the list goes on. And while I know we have our own repellent social hiccups in New York from time to time, “artist” Martin Creed’s latest film projects renew my earnest, eager prayers for an earthquake or plague or flood or whatever combination of quasi-biblical scourges might finally relieve this reeling nation of its most devastating cultural burden:

Former Turner Prize winner Martin Creed is putting the finishing touches to his Sick Film. For want of a gentler way of putting it, the project involves 19 separate takes of people vomiting to camera. …

Speaking from Los Angeles last week, the artist told the Guardian about his new work, the Shit Film. As the title suggests, this will involve footage of people defecating to camera. It will be shot on widescreen CinemaScope against the backdrop of an “infinity curve” – an apparently seamless background that gives the impression of there being no horizon line between the floor and the wall. It will get its first airing at the MC Gallery in Los Angeles early next month.

Despite the fact that it will be a closed set (even Creed will leave the studio for each take), he foresees more difficulties in trying to get people to perform this intensely personal act than in persuading people to throw up – although the inhabitants of LA have proved more than willing. “We haven’t long been advertising and have already secured 15 people. Perhaps that’s because LA represents the extreme edge of the world; it’s the ideal home for all the world’s drop-outs and all the world’s drop-ins.”

Indeed. Bring on the locusts.
(Photo: Martin Creed, Work No. 547)

7 Responses to “L.A. Officially Responsible For the Shittiest Film Ever Made”

  1. rave byron says:

    One guy drinks a gallon of boat paint and makes like Jackson Pollock. Wait for the DVD.

  2. Stacy's Mom says:

    Maybe we can let the Islamists have just L.A.

  3. S Bennett - Capt. 747 says:

    Till today I had no idea what the “Defamer” section was. But I’m on a crew layover in Dubai and it’s 47C outside. So I have nothing better to do than sit in my hotel room and cruise the net. Apparently this “Defamer” web site is a put down of the so called “pop culture” Hollywood scene. I’m amazed read what idiots are willing to do and degrade themselves, in order to achieve so called “success”. It makes me thankful I had parents financially able to afford my education at an Ivy League university, and I had the intelligence and perseverance to make the best of the opportunity. My subsequent success in what I consider the worlds best profession, makes me thankful for my good fortune and sorry for those described on your web site who did not have my opportunities and prostitute themselves for the crumbs of what life can offer.

  4. Bobby says:

    Because NYC artists have always had a history of the utmost in taste and decorum!

  5. nobody says:

    sorry los angeles isn’t new york. i’m so sick and tired of people making fun of that city. sure it’s an easy target but fucking grow up…if you did let the muslimites have los angeles you know you’d be upset. after all there would be no oscars or pirates of the carribean two or new seasons of simple life. besides, a movie about poo just seems so post-modern and exciting. and it is certain that it will break some box office records.

  6. xxx says:

    Note Creed is a UK artist, not from Los Angeles. Also note he has commented that he “works within his limits.” Yes…

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