‘What are my nipples for?’, it’s the burning question that’s been asked in this week’s Sunday Short Theatre. Be careful how you answer it, as you might find yourself on a existential crisis. Bailey Tom Bailey‘s short The History of Nipples might just have you gazing at your nipples for a very long time.
Off course this one should have you laughing too, a dark comedic 10 minute short psychological horror. A film that looks a perfect accompaniment for the recent Butt Boy. A film inspired by the director’s visit to exhibit at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. An exhibition that had the bizarre ritual of sucking on a King’s nipples!
Here’s some words from the director on his thoughts about the short…
The idea came from an exhibit at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. Which described a bizarre Celtic fertility ritual that involved sucking on a King’s nipples and the repercussions when the ritual failed. My original idea was a mock sex education film but it became more of a drama. What fascinated me beyond the absurdity was how it contrasted with our modern relationship with our bodies, the physical world and spirituality today.
When I initially thought of the idea it seemed too silly. But as my writing began to consistently take the form of dark comedy-drama meets surreal psychological horror with a focus on character and theme, The History of Nipples seemed like the perfect vehicle to crystalize my voice. When working at Somesuch I met producers Aaron Z. Willson and Callum Harrison who were interested in producing the short through their company Bad Collective (now re-branded Ground Works) along with associate producer Mel Giles.
‘What are my nipples for?’ Ron asks and falls into a personal crisis with a drastic solution.
The History Of Nipples also stars Joseph Macnab and Lily Wood.