Ad Nauseam

Derek Jones has 12 hours to get a million Youtube views. And a lifetime to get his dignity back.

 

A white-knuckle black comedy from Sydney.

 

Written + directed by Nikos Andronicos | Produced by Backseat Rebel + GoWyld Productions

  • 90 min
  • Colour
  • RED MX
  • 16:9
  • Stereo
  • Australia
  • 2014

Synopsis

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Derek, Clive and Louis

Derek Jones wants to be a novelist. But right now, he makes humiliating viral ads for the most painful hipster ad agency in Sydney.

When his boss issues an ultimatum – make a video that “cracks a million views” or be fired tomorrow – Derek takes it as a sign that he should quit and follow his dream.

But his psychotic colleague Clive convinces him to help make one last viral. A video that will push Derek's sanity to breaking point. Not to mention his morality, dignity and sexual health.

It’s Derek’s last job.

Should be a pinch of piss, right?

 

About the film

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"Do today's young artists have any choice but to sell the f-k out?"

That's the question posed by Ad Nauseam, an adrenaline-fuelled satirical comedy that savages the advertising industry, destroys the arts world, and questions whether purity is possible in a world of sellouts.

We shot it in Sydney, Australia, and raised the funds ourselves by working at the same agencies that we ended up lampooning in the film. Yes, it was kind of biting the hand that feeds. Yes, it was a bit immature. But we're all friends now. 

The film is packed with cult Australian comedians and buzzy Sydney actors.

It’s the debut feature by writer/director Nikos Andronicos, a Sydney native who's worked in advertising, TV and the arts for a few years and decided he'd seen way too much crazy shit not to put it in a film.

The soundtrack features tracks by local techno producers, mariachi bands, amateur orchestras and seminal German post-punk bass player Holger Czukay.

Ad Nauseam had its World Premiere at the LA Independent Film Festival, where it won Best Foreign Film and was described as a cross between The Young Ones, Swingers and Trainspotting. We'll take that.

 

Key art by Mike Forward

About the writer/director

Nikos Andronicos was born in Sydney. Ad Nauseam is his first feature.

Some stuff he has done includes: write and perform sketch comedy on TV, direct and present documentaries for TV and the cinema, direct TV sitcoms, write and perform in several popular animation series, commentate major sporting events for radio, and, yes, produce viral ads for major brands. You can look him up on IMdB for all the names of these things. He's the only Nikos Andronicos on there.

Otherwise, Nikos has degrees in philosophy and law, studied directing and editing at the London Film School, has partially completed a professional course in French patisserie cooking, and received a certificate of participation in the 1998 Westpac Mathematics Competition. 

His favourite comedy thing of all time is Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore's Derek and Clive album trilogy, the third part of which is also called Ad Nauseam. This was a complete coincidence. Truly.

 

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Cast List

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  • Andrew Johnston

    Andrew Johnston

    Derek

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    Andrew’s first feature role was alongside Dennis Hopper in The Night We Called It A Day. A busy stage actor, Andrew has toured Australia in Bell Shakespeare’s The School For Wives and won the People's Choice award at the Sydney Fringe Festival for his one-man show Rip Whitening's SynchroDestiny. He has worked with director Nikos Andronicos for 10 years in comedy troupe The Nice Guys.

  • James McFay

    James McFay

    Clive

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    James is an actor who also writes and directs under the pseudonym Beaufort. His feature Tiger won a jury prize at Japan’s premiere independent film festival PIA and his most recent short Burning Hearts screened at the Sydney International Film Festival.

  • Dale March

    Dale March

    Louis

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    Dale is a graduate of The Actors Centre in Sydney and has also studied and performed extensively with the Actors’ Ensemble in New York. His credits include feature Eugene’s Ghosts, Venice-selected short Marla, ABC TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and stage plays The White Guard and The Removalists, both with Sydney Theatre Company.

  • Geraldine Hakewill

    Geraldine Hakewill

    April

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    Geraldine graduated from WAAPA in 2008. Her credits include the features Wasted on the Young and Uninhabited, stage plays Les Liasons Dangereuses for Sydney Theatre Company and Baal for Malthouse Theatre as well as the ABC telemovie The Last Race.

  • Troy Planet

    Troy Planet

    Maynard

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    Troy is a renowned character actor and voice artist with over 25 years in the business. His credits include Underbelly Razor, Accidents Happen and Bananas in Pyjamas. Troy is currently the Artistic Director of The King Street Theatre in Sydney.

  • Heath Franklin

    Heath Franklin

    Galileo

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    Thanks to his characterisation of Mark “Chopper” Read on Channel 10’s cult sketch show The Ronnie Johns Half-Hour, Heath was nominated for Most Outstanding New Talent at the 2006 Logie Awards. He has since become a regular in film and TV both in Australia and abroad, including appearing opposite Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement in the recent feature Predicament.

  • Nick Boshier

    Nick Boshier

    Sarcastic F--k / Bouncer

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    Nick is best known for being one half of Youtube sensations Bondi Hipsters, most recently taken global on the ABC TV comedy series Soul Mates. He also co-created the worldwide animated phenomenon Beached Az and infamous Youtube character Trent From Punchy.

  • Sam Simmons

    Sam Simmons

    Hamish

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    Sam is one of Australia’s most unique and successful stand-up comedians, with several nominations for Best Show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the tick of approval from Conan O'Brien. He is a regular presenter on Triple J radio and on ABC TV, and once had a goat tattooed on his bottom on live radio.

  • Renee Lim

    Renee Lim

    Chlorine

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    Renee has recently appeared in feature films Triple Happiness and The Tunnel, and is a regular on the ABC's comedy Please Like Me. She has played major TV roles in East West 101, Food Investigators, All Saints and Crownies, and is also a practicing emergency room doctor in one of Sydney's major hospitals.

  • Henry Stone

    Henry Stone

    Misha

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    Henry’s portrayal of festival punter “Jaydos” has garnered more than a million Youtube views to date. He was selected by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the invitation-only stand-up showcase The Comedy Zone, appears frequently on Triple J, and is one third of the Australian sketch group Skills In Time and a member of the Golden Gibbo-award winning troupe Fancy Boy Variety Club.

  • Sam Bowring

    Sam Bowring

    Chief Inquisitor / Fiorello

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    Sam is a writer and comedian. He has performed standup numerous times on The Comedy Channel and the ABC, written for various television sketch and comedy shows, and is also a published author, working in both fantasy and childrens’ literature. His latest book is The Legacy of Lord Regret.

  • Henry Chapple-Cox

    Henry Chapple-Cox

    Guard / Tomasso

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    Born into a family of professional pantomime artists, Henry acted in panto and children’s theatre from the age of five through to his late teens. Since then he’s appeared in countless plays and revues, including in Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist with director Nikos Andronicos and fellow Ad Nauseam actor James McFay.

  • Matt Butcher

    Matt Butcher

    Mr Wimple

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    Matt studied at RADA and is a busy actor on stage and screen. His recent features include Macbeth, A Few Best Men and Theatre of the Dead.

  • Robin Queree

    Robin Queree

    The Pope

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    Rob has over forty years experience in film, television and theatre. His credits include the features Gabriel and Gossip Nation, TV programmes Rake, Deadly Women and All Saints, and roles in over 100 short films, including the multi-award-winning Spoon Man.

  • Damien Timms

    Damien Timms

    Bartender

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    Damien is a writer, broadcaster and comedian. He has written for TV, radio and the stage, voiced animations for MTV, and is the founder of alternative sports commentary website TippyTappySports. 

  • Darren Arbib

    Darren Arbib

    Dazza

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    Darren is primarily a filmmaker and motion graphics artist, but he agreed to appear in Ad Nauseam as a favour to longtime friend Nikos Andronicos. Darren's short Benny Unseen Hero was a Tropfest finalist and his recent semi-autobiographical short The Man Whose Willy Was Made Out Of Antibiotics was also shortlisted for the Tropfest finals.

  • Zapheria Andronicos

    Zapheria Andronicos

    Neighbour Lady

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    Zaphy has worked with director Nikos Andronicos for 31 years, as his real-life grandmother. Ad Nauseam is her first appearance in a feature film.

  • Jak Wyld

    Jak Wyld

    Jodphurs Mangina

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    Jak was born in the UK and moved to Australia in 2002. He has worked as an actor in TV and film for over ten years, including a co-lead in cult hit The 25th Reich as well as roles in All Saints and East West 101.

  • Nikos Andronicos

    Nikos Andronicos

    Waiter

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    Nikos has appeared in award-winning stage shows at the Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festivals, as well as on Channel 10’s The Ronnie Johns Half-Hour. He is also a busy voice actor, voicing major animated roles in ABCTV’s CJ The DJ, The Dave Carter Show/MTV’s Psychotown and MondoMedia’s Billy and the Bitch. Most recently Nikos presented the SBS TV documentary series Greeks of the Sea.

Key Crew List

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    Writer/Director/Executive Producer

    Nikos Andronicos

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    Nikos Andronicos was born and lives in Sydney, Australia. For more info check out the "About" section of this website.

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    Co-Producer/Co-Executive Producer

    Jak Wyld

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    Born in the UK, Jak moved to Australia in 2002 and founded GoWyld Productions in 2009. Apart from its collaboration with Backseat Rebel on Ad Nauseam, GoWyld is currently producing an innovative video series as well as developing several feature projects. Jak has also worked as an actor in TV and film for over a decade.

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    Producer

    Tania Frampton

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    Tania is a film and TV producer and production manager. Notable productions include the Emmy-winning TV series #7DaysLater, ABC Fresh Blood series Crazy Bastards, ABC TV pilot Timothy, feature film Circle of Lies and feature film Ad Nauseam (where she first worked with Nikos). Tania has worked vertically through all stages of production and post- production in both film and television. Tania served in the Royal New Zealand Airforce before moving to Sydney 12 years ago to develop her career as a media professional.

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    Director of Photography

    Tim Tregoning

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    Tim has practiced cinematography in film, documentary, music video and commercials in Australia, South Africa, India, East Timor, Ireland, Papua New Guinea and the United States. His most feature credits include Puberty Blues and Snow White and the Huntsmen, as well as documentaries for BBC TV and Rolling Stone.

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    Production Designer

    Maddie Stewart

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    Since graduating from AFTRS, Maddie has worked solidly in film and TV. Her credits include the feature Being Venice and Discovery Channel’s Deadly Women.

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    Production Designer/Graphics & Title Design

    Dave Carter

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    Dave is primarily a stopframe animator, whose work has been commissioned by MTV, Mike Judge’s The Animation Show, MondoMedia and Sony BMG. His short How To Lose Weight In 60 Seconds screened at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Festival, and his series Billy and the Bitch has been translated into Russian, German and Mandarin. Ad Nauseam is Dave’s first feature as production designer.

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    Supervising Sound Editor

    Wes Chew

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    As co-founder of burgeoning sound post studio Sonar, Wes has worked on numerous feature films, TV projects and commercials as sound supervisor, sound designer, sound post supervising editor, sound mixer, music supervisor and music editor. His feature credits include Animal Kingdom, The Hunter and Mabo.

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    Costume Designer

    Edward Bertouch

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    Edward co-founded Australian menswear label Beat Poet in 2006 following diplomas in Garment Construction and Pattern Making from the Melbourne School of Fashion. Alongside business partner James St Johnson, Edward was named GQ Designer of the Year in 2009, and the label has gone on to be stocked nationally and internationally.

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    Makeup & SFX Supervisor

    Lisey Curtis

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    A former London resident, Lisey has worked on features such as Shaun of the Dead, music videos for artists like The Darkness and Badly Drawn Boy, and on countless musicals on London’s West End including Les Miserables, Spamalot and Wicked.

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    Re-recording Sound Mixer

    Luke Mynott

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    Luke graduated from AFTRS in 2006 with a Masters of Sound Design and Mixing, and has since worked solidly in film and television. He is one third of veteran Sydney electronic band Alphatown and co-founder of the record label and arts collective Weird Fiction.

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    Casting Director

    Kathy Luu

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    Kathy has worked alongside some of Australia’s most respected casting agents for many years. She is also an accomplished photographer, designer and director.

Tech Specs

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Shooting formats: RED MX, Canon 7D, iPhone

Exhibition formats: HD CAM (PAL), DCP, MPEG2, MPEG4

Preview formats: DVD, MPEG4

HD Frame Rate: 1080/25p

Aspect ratio: 1.78 (16x9 VIDEO)

Sound format: Stereo

Exact runtime: 01 hr : 30 min : 30 sec

Language: English

News

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Ad Nauseam is born on Facebook

After 18 months of scriptwriting, four weeks of shooting, 10 months of post and 2 months of running around naked in the streets, Ad Nauseam has been officially born.

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Contact

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Distribution enquiries: 

Nikos Andronicos
nikos@backseatrebel.com
(+61) (0) 404 472 685

Jak Wyld
jak@gowyldproductions.com
(+61) (0) 401 261 112

Tania Frampton 
tania@backseatrebel.com
(+61) (0) 413 547 764

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