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Salt, Saliva, Sperm and Sweat (1988)

Strange experimental short film that follows four days of a writer.


Philip Brophy


Philip Brophy
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Dean Phillip Dean ... The Man
Jean Kittson Jean Kittson ... The Secretary
Lyndal Barry Lyndal Barry ... The Managing Editor
Robert Chuter Robert Chuter ... The Neighbour (as Rob Chuter)
Daniel Scharf Daniel Scharf ... The Slob
Cheyanne Armitage Cheyanne Armitage ... The Punk
Nicholas Hanigan Nicholas Hanigan ... The Boy
Martina Murray Martina Murray ... The Girl
Jeff Kovski Jeff Kovski ... The Other Man
George Huxley George Huxley ... The Waiter
Chris Barry Chris Barry ... Worker #1
Lisa Ferguson Lisa Ferguson ... Worker #2
Tom Fitzgibbon Tom Fitzgibbon ... Worker #3
Daniel Pollock ... Worker #4
Deborah Force Deborah Force ... Worker #5 (as Debra Force)


Strange experimental short film that follows four days of a writer.

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4 August 1988 (Australia) See more »

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Tasty little movie!!
26 August 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Philip Brophy's directorial debut hasn't received anywhere near as much attention as it deserves. It's one of the most original, subversive and darkly funny short films you'll ever see! Brophy went on to direct the unfairly maligned splatter comedy 'Body Melt'. Watching 'Salt, Saliva, Sperm and Sweat' makes you re-think that misunderstood minor classic. Brophy comes from a background in experimental and electronic music, and this movie has much more in common with Burroughs/Ballard inspired musicians like Throbbing Gristle and DEVO, than any mainstream movie makers.

The movie follows the mundane life of an office worker both in and out of his dull job, and essentially focuses on the acquiring and losing of bodily fluids. If that sounds bizarre, you're right! This movie is utterly unique and like nothing you've seen before. I urge anyone who loves original fantastic cinema to track it down. Then after that watch 'Body Melt' with fresh eyes. Philip Brophy is one of the most daring directors to come out of Australia, and hopefully one day he will be recognized for his twisted uniqueness!

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