Tuesday, January 30, 2007

He Died With A Felafel In His Hand

He Died With A Felafel In His Hand has been on my top 100 list of films to watch for a while now. Today I finally watched it.

Anybody who has lived in a student dive (all students?) could probably relate to this. The character in this film has lived in 49 student dives by the end of the movie. In the movie we see houses 47 to 49.

Someone told me that this is John Birmingham's autobiography but I'm guessing that this is an exaggerated imagination of his autobiography.

My favorite scene/idea from the film? Teeing up toads and slamming them in to the side of a corrugated iron house with a three wood. Of course I do not enjoy the cruelty to the animals but the ridiculous idea that someone came up with this "sport."


Tim B. said...

When I was travelling through Mexico I described the kind of book I'm writing to a fellow backpacker and he said it sounded a bit like "He Died with a Felafel in his hand". So it's been on my radar to read ever since.

Might push it a little higher up my list now.....

Guy Ellis said...

I read one of his other books (I think) and didn't find it very exciting. I think that you'll probably enjoy the film more than the book - and it'll be easier to find and take less time.

Being a fellow Ozzie you'll probably be able to appreciate the subtler nuances of your culture oozing through the cracks in the floorboards.