The Greatest Cult Classic Movies of All Time, according to Sydney’s Down For Tomorrow
20.08.2020

The Greatest Cult Classic Movies of All Time, according to Sydney’s Down For Tomorrow

Photo by Robbie Walcott

The band are celebrating the release of ‘Trouble Prone’.

Sydney indie-punk quartet Down For Tomorrow have just dropped their fourth track for this year, crafting something truly magnificent with their vigorous new single ‘Trouble Prone’.

Produced and mixed by Stevie Knight (Yours Truly, Stand Atlantic, The Dead Love), ‘Trouble Prone’ opens with searing guitars and hefty drums, fiercely picking up momentum before exploding into a chorus coated with conviction. Across the two minutes and 29 second track, instrumentation effortlessly blends with the emotionally driven melody, as deftly composed lead guitar brightly shines above. The track momentarily dives down into its melancholic bridge, building intensely to a raucous final chorus, highlighting the explosive presence of the outfit.

Alongside the release of the track is the mischievous accompanying music video, written and directed by Robbie Walcott. Paying homage to late 90’s cult films ‘Snatch’ and ‘Trainspotting’, the video features an intricate plot with a twist ending, as a supposedly fixed underground ping-pong tournament final doesn’t quite go to plan. The clip even stars Australian actors Neel Kolhatkar and Adam Boys. Check it out below.

To celebrate the release and the brilliant clip, the band have shared their five favourite cult films.

Henry, Drums & Vocals: Pulp Fiction (1994)
One of the first albums I ever flogged to death when I was a kid was the soundtrack to Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. Dad gave me the CD when I was 8 years old and promised me that when I was old enough, he’d let me watch it with him. For years, I would listen to the album on repeat, learning the songs on guitar and saxophone, and using the dialogue breaks to piece together in my head a glorified image of what the movie was. When I was 14, Dad finally relented, and we watched it together.

This is was 6 years of wonder and curiosity culminating in one excited viewing, and I was not disappointed. Everyone knows Pulp Fiction, and everything from the Big Kahuna burger to the notorious ‘gimp scene’ is nothing short of iconic. The A0 poster still hanging in my room from when I was 15 is a testament to how important this film is. It is to me at least.

Cody, Vocals & Guitar: Fight Club (1999)
People always talk about if they could experience something for the first time again. While that seems like a dangerous topic, I’d like to experience watching Fight Club for the first time again. This film is full of superb raw acting and a brilliant plot that laid the gold standard blueprint for thriller films to come. There’s a lot of elements in this film that are easy to misunderstand, but I think each viewer can find some form of resonance. Whether it’s the narrator’s helplessness, Tyler Durden’s philosophical yet chaotic attitude, we all crave that emotional outlet. Emotional connection. Fight Club really is in its own league, a timeless masterpiece.

Tom, Guitar: Lords of Dogtown (2005)
Lords of Dogtown encompasses the life of the dogtown boys and how they rose to fame with their innovative skateboarding skills. The film is set in the 1970s and captivates the audience through the utilisation of vivid imagery and nostalgia. This is used in conjunction with an array of vintage props which provide the audience with a portal into life during the 70’s. The film excels in depicting the three main protagonists Jay Adams, Stacey Peralta, and Tony Alva and how each of the character’s varying personalities greatly impacts the path of skateboarding they take.

I admire the boisterous atmosphere and enjoy the playful nature the actors portray, especially from all-star actor Heath Ledger. Lords of Dogtown is not a highly decorated film however I always enjoy revisiting this film as it paints a detailed illustration into the lives of the dogtown boys during a chaotic period of their lives.

Sarah, Bass: The Butterfly Effect (2004)
I have always had a soft spot for movies about time travel, paradoxes, changing the past, etc. The kind of movies where you have to check Wikipedia afterwards to make sure you understood everything. The Butterfly Effect is one of those movies. Another thing that is really cool about it, is that it is creepy and tense without any VFX or jump scares. The director managed to make you feel uncomfortable the whole movie without making it a horror movie (I’m too scared to watch real horror movies haha). Last but not least, I love any movies from the early 2000’s. To be honest, I wish everyone still dressed that way; old vans, wallet chain and long sleeves under an oversized T-Shirt.

Robbie, music video director: Snatch (2000)
Snatch is a genre defining cult classic film in the grimy British crime drama world, as it turns dead pan humour and the double-crossing trope into a form of artistry. You’ll be captivated throughout from its iconic title sequence, memorable soundtrack, and Guy Ritchie’s masterful weaving together of character sub-plots, as the story of a stolen diamond and a fixed boxing match lead to an ending that’ll blindside even the most seasoned viewers of the genre. A fan favourite is always Brad Pitt’s character – Mickey O’Neil the Pikey, as he’ll have you cheering for a team you didn’t even realise were competing to begin with. But my personal favourite will always be Alan Ford’s straight-talking menacing old gangster Brick Top, whose charming malevolence and no fuss one liners will forever seal Snatch into cult classic history.

‘Trouble Prone’ is available worldwide now.