Review: MR. FISH: CARTOONING FROM THE DEEP END Is A Punk Rock Portrait Of An Artist - Movies In Focus
As much an insight into the world of modern publishing as it is a profile about cartoonist Mr Fish (aka Dwayne Booth), Pablo Bryant’s documentary, Mr. Fish: Cartooning From The Deep End is an immersive and edgy experience. The film looks at the struggles faced by the artist as his special brand of provocative cartoon satire faces extinction in the face of falling sales in print journalism and the inherent fear of offending by online-based media. Booth is a punk rock artist, a man who still has the vibrant sock-it-to-the-man energy of a rebellious teenager – but he’s also a middle-aged, married father of two with bills to pay and commitments to keep. Bryant’s film looks at how he tries to juggle these battling personas, something which isn’t easy when he has few people willing to buy his controversial work. It’s a wonderful human story, which is as uplifting as it is heartbreaking. We see such highs as when he’s hired to create an edgy online animated series (scoring a healthy paycheque) and such lows as when he’s forced to work as a graphic designer for a supermarket in order to make ends meet. Deep down Booth doesn’t want to [...]