Flying Lotus recently made his directorial debut with the short film Royal, and apparently it requires a vomit bag to watch.
Premiered at this year’s Sundance NEXT Fest in Downtown Los Angeles Royal, according to Lotus, is a love story that follows a couple with some skin problems that only get more disconcerting as they get uncovered. Ultimately, one of the characters unveils a secret that threatens to change their relationship forever. This description of the film totally fits the one the producer offered us on Twitter back in July, when he described it as “an awkward love story that’s definitely not for the kiddies.”
In a teaser for the movie that FlyLo dropped on his Instagram, the short clip features a number of bizarre scenes quickly spliced together. There’s throw up, licking — just a bunch of weird stuff that seems to support people’s initial reactions to the movie (many have called it one of the most explicit shorts to debut this year).
Hence the vomit bag, which attendees were given during the film’s screening. According to Shadow and Act Lotus was inspired by the 1990s controversial animated series Ren & Stimpy for Royal. Directed under his real name Steve Ellison, the film is a collaborative project with Salad Fingers animator David Firth (if you ever watched even a second of the British animation series it’ll make even more sense why Lotus probably chose Firth for the job), and serves as the first film under his BRAINFEEDER film division. Royal also features original music from Lotus too.
Apparently, the idea to create a film division (as well as Royal) came from a GIF of Lotus and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke DJ’ing together, which made the internet rounds back in October of last year.
Check out the teaser clip below.