TERROR NULLIUS

Subtitled ”A Political Revenge Fable in Three Acts,” TERROR NULLIUS is a dazzling, kinetic, mishmashed beast of a film. One part revisionist documentary, one part LSD-infused YouTube compilation video, Soda_Jerk’s controversial film shatters old narratives, taking you on a rollercoaster ride into the dark heart of Australia. Simultaneously arthouse and grindhouse, this experimental sample-based film works entirely within and against the official archive to achieve a queering and othering of Australian cinema. The perils of hypermasculinity are overshadowed only by the enduring horror of Australia’s colonising myth of terra nullius. The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, which provided financial support for the film, chose to distance itself from the film’s promotion and marketing, deeming TERROR NULLIUS too controversial for their conservative tastes. This controversy should be seen as a badge of honor for such a satirical, confronting, and political work of art that pushes viewers to re-think Australia’s history and future. Soda_Jerk, formed in Sydney in 2002, is a two-person art collective who work at the intersection of documentary and speculative fiction. They are fundamentally interested in the politics of images: how they circulate, whom they benefit, and how they can be undone. Their sample-based practice takes the form of films, video installations, cut-up texts, and lecture performances. Based in New York since 2012, they have exhibited in museums, galleries, cinemas, and torrent sites.

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