In 1918, John Romulus Brinkley and his wife open a doctor’s practice in the linear settlement of Milford in Kansas. Goats pairing in the meadow gives a local farmer an idea. Can’t the brand-new surgeon transplant some of those testicles into him in order to heal his impotence? It is a great success and countless villagers choose surgery. The next step is publicising the intervention for a wider audience. When he gets his own radio mast, this leads to Brinkley’s second career as a radio personality. In his heyday, Brinkley even has political ambitions. The chapters in the wayward documentary NUTS! are based on Brinkley’s autobiography; they are staggering episodes, accompanied by moving images made by a variety of artists. Alongside archive material, animation plays a major role. This can wrong-foot the viewer, just as Brinkley did with his supporters. Everyone believes the stories that he wants them to believe; that much is demonstrated very clearly by director Penny Lane.

Filmmaker
Penny Lane
Premiere
International premiere
Country
USA
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
79’
Language
English
Producer
Penny Lane, James Belfer, Caitlin Mae Burke, Daniel Shepard
Production Company
Gland Power Films
Sales
Submarine Entertainment
Writer
Thom Stylinski
Editor
Penny Lane
Music
Brian McOmber
Website
http://nutsthefilm.com