Johnny is a hyperactive, shape-shifting mutant child, kept locked away in a basement. With only his feverish imagination and his terrified dog for company, he finds ways to amuse himself in the dark. This nightmarish and hallucinatory experimental short film from Chris Cunningham features music by legendary electronic composer, Aphex Twin and is accompanied by a book of original drawings and photographs by the director.
Length: 6 minutes
Director Chris Cunningham first forged his relationship with Warp Records in 1995 with his debut music video “Second Bad Vibel” for Autechre. Since then he has directed a score of mind-bending videos for performers such as Squarepusher, Bjork, Madonna, Portishead and most memorably, Aphex Twin. While both the creepily hilarious “Come to Daddy” (1997) and bootilicious “Windowlicker” (1999) Aphex videos were showered with accolades, they were deemed too dark for daytime MTV. However, his delicate hand on Bjork’s “All is Full of Love” (1999) won him the Best Breakthrough Video MTV Award and a Grammy nomination. In 2000, Cunningham created a video art installation, flex, for the Royal Academy of Art’s Apocalypse exhibition. His next two short films with Warp Films, Rubber Johnny and Spectral Musicians are scheduled for release on DVD later this year. Cunningham is currently developing a feature script with Warp Films.