Rubber Johnny



Rubber Johnny is a 6 minute experimental short film and music video directed by Chris Cunningham in 2005, using music composed by Aphex Twin. The name Rubber Johnny is drawn from a British slang for "condom" as well as a description of the main character. The DVD comes with an art book, containing stills from the film, as well as conceptual drawings, photographs and more.

The concept for Rubber Johnny came from Cunningham imagining a raver morphing as he danced. The idea evolved to the present film, in which Johnny (played by Cunningham) is an isolated mutant child with a huge overgrown cranium, strapped into a wheelchair and locked in a basement. Capable of morphing his body, he spends his life trying to amuse himself and his dog, a terrified chihuahua.

The film was originally intended to be a 30 second TV commercial for the Aphex Twin album drukqs, using the track "afx237 v7". However, Cunningham grew to like the concept more and more and decided to expand the concept into a longer length (the original commercial remains in the film in an altered form.) The film was shot partially in infrared night vision on digital video. The film's music is "afx237 v7 (w19rhbasement remix)", a remix made by Cunningham; the credits music is "gwarek2", also from drukqs.

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.

The film starts out with a doctor trying to communicate with Johnny. Johnny seems rather unfocused, and answers "no" to every question. He then starts repeating "mama", to which the doctor asks whether he wants to see his mother. Johnny becomes nervous and violent and the doctor has to calm him down with a sedative injection.

At this point the actual music video begins. After the introduction of a blinking fluorescent light, a rat climbing over a text decal of "WARP FILMS [...] PRESENT", we see reversed footage of a condom with "Rubber Johnny" written on it being pulled off of a penis, or perhaps some very realistic sort of dildo. We then see the dog eating food from his dish and watching Johnny lying in his wheelchair with his huge head hanging out, moaning the word "Aphex". As soon as the music kicks in, Johnny starts to "dance" in his wheelchair, acting and morphing to the beat of the music, observed by the seemingly discomfited dog. At one scene he appears to insufflate a line of a white powder (presumably cocaine, although James has hinted it as being a ridiculous amount of methedrine'). The video is interrupted twice by someone (apparently the father of Johnny, according to the credits) opening the basement door and throwing various insults at Johnny. Although during both interruptions he is rather calm, the second time he's lying almost lifeless in his wheelchair, as he was in the beginning of the film. The second part of the video contains scenes of Johnny's face, hand, and foot rapidly hurtling towards the direction of the camera lens, but collides with by what appears to be a glass plate, and after each contact, leaving behind bits of his face, of which seems to have taken on a viscous consistency.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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