Peter Strickland Gets Earnest About Farting and Other Human Embarrassments with ‘Flux Gourmet’

Peter Strickland Gets Earnest About Farting and Other Human Embarrassments with ‘Flux Gourmet’
Peter Strickland serves up another gonzo confection with his stomach-churning haute cuisine satire “Flux Gourmet.” The film, which centers on members of a “sonic collective” of musicians who make performance art and music using foods and the sounds they make, also marks something of a homecoming for the British director in two ways. The film not only pulls from Strickland’s autobiography, as the filmmaker and his friends launched their own Sonic Catering Band in the mid-’90s, but “Flux Gourmet” is also an immersive auditory experience a la his 2012 giallo pastiche “Berberian Sound Studio.” Working with sound designer Tim Harrison and electronic recordings from his own band, Strickland has made a film that deserves a big-screen canvas thanks to its lush colors, but also plays just as well on headphones.

Strickland this time trades in giallo for gastronomy in following a collective of gourmands and the internal power struggles that unfold within their midst.
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