BUT WE DIDN’T CALL A PLUMBER…
Low Spirits (London/Birmingham musicians Fred Macpherson and Cavan McCarthy) celebrate the release of their début single The Plumber with a screening of Peter Weir’s lost classic of the same name.
Made on a budget of A$150,000 for Australia’s Channel 9 in 1979, The Plumber is one of Weir’s lesser seen films, but no less an example of the intrigue, mystery and dread that characterised his legendary pre-Hollywood run (one of the few times a director made five or more great films in a row according to the BFI https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/17-rare-times-when-director-made-five-or-more-great-films-row).
Like some distant relative of The Cable Guy, The Plumber is part Pinteresque bathroom sink drama and part Ozploitation home invasion, telling the story of apparently routine maintenance gone awry. An academic couple’s life in their tower block apartment is interrupted as a workman they didn’t call starts trying to fix issues they didn’t know they had. Themes of power, class, education and toxic masculinity bubble to the surface until the pipes are the least of their problems. Expect waterworks.
n.b. This screening will be preceded by the five minute premiere of Low Spirits’ track The Plumber before its release the next day.