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fourDirected by: Jim Hickey
Starring: Matt Pritchard, Lee Dainton
Rating: 18
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Long before YouTube existed, it took an act of superior stupidity or vulgarity to gain worldwide recognition, or to “go viral” as the kids these days are calling it. This is where the Welsh valleys-based pranksters Dirty Sanchez excelled themselves, with their antics propelling themselves onto televisions and stages across the globe.

The story of how the humble group of Welsh skateboarders and their unprecedented, yet meteoric rise to fame (which all stemmed from a skateboarding video made famous largely because it contained footage of a gentleman defecating in his hand and subsequently smashing his faeces into his face) is one that many would decline to pay attention to. Indeed, previous work created by Sanchez has been slated by critics and viewers and has often been dismissed as a form of grotesque modern day televised prostitution in a bid for fame and fortune, an accusation I too am guilty of making in the past.

However, the documentary Pritchard vs Dainton: The Rise and Falls of Dirty Sanchez paints an altogether different portrayal of the lives of the Sanchez team and their journey to stardom.

This wonderfully candid documentary holds a looking glass over the beginnings of the Sanchez crew’s unique careers and reveals with great honesty how they accidentally became some of the world’s most famous idiots.

The footage is excellently brought together and has interviews with all involved spliced in, with plenty of previously unseen film from earlier years providing further background information to the story.

This provides the audience with the opportunity to see the world of Dirty Sanchez snowball wildly out of control in tandem with the demands of the public until it reaches the inevitable train-wreck you’d expect from “rock stars without the instruments,” as the boys label themselves time and again.

The world of Dirty Sanchez is one of chaos, filth and senselessness, yet there is a more fragile side to the boys, which is revealed through this film. So sit back, leave your prejudices at the door and discover just why Dirty Sanchez is far from filth for the sake of fame.

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