599. Black Hula – Marv Newland


SUMMARY: When three white men bring elements of western culture to an island paradise, it quickly causes destruction on a massive scale.

WHY IT’S HERE: Marv Newland’s brief but memorable ‘Black Hula’ is a rejection of western capitalism concisely stated and married to a lilting Hawaiian soundtrack. The images are deliberately mismatched with the soundtrack to amusing effect and the message, though well-worn down the years, is still relevant and delivered with merciful brevity. This oddball little short has become very popular over the years but no-one can quite seem to put their finger on why. Newland’s skill with being appealing to the point had clearly endured since he made the classic ‘Bambi Meets Godzilla’.


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