Bad Boy Bubby

Synopsis: Bad Boy Bubby is just that: a bad boy. So bad, in fact, that his mother has kept him locked in their house for his entire thirty years, convincing him that the air outside is poisonous. After a visit from his estranged father, circumstances force Bubby into the waiting world, a place which is just as unusual to him as he is to the world.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Rolf de Heer
Production: Blue Underground
  9 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Be still!

Princess Pink.

Princess Pink.

Such a good little boy...

That's right...

That's a good boy, Bubby...

Good boy...

Good little boy...


Don't move!

Jesus can see everything.

He tells me you moved,

by Christ, I'll beat you brainless!

Be still!

Bubby naughty...

Oh, Christ!

What you done?!

You... filthy little c*nt!

You dirty little sh*t!

I'll send you to hell,

just you see,

you'll go to hell,

and your eyes will fall out,

and your prick will fall off,

you dirty little SLIME!

You're such a good little boy...

Mummy does love

her little Bubby...

You like'em, don't you, Bub...

Beautiful, ain't they?

Good little boy...

Be still!

Be still!


By Christ, I'll beat you brainless!

Can't come outside,

'cause no gas-mask!

And Bubby DIE!

Now be still!



If the poison don't get you?

Then God will.

Don't you bloody forget it.

Don't you bloody forget it!

Where Kat from?


How come he ain't... gas-mask?

Don't need it.

Don't breathe.

How don't breathe?

That... ain't breathin'.


I know you're in there, Florence!

I'll be back!


Want to go out, do you?

Want to go out to see

what it's like, do you?!

Want to go outside?!

Cough, choke?!


I know, you're in there, Florence!

I'll be back!

Bubby a good little boy.

Mummy's little boy.

Shut up!

Don't be disgusting!

Anybody there?

Come on!

I know you're in there!

Go away!

Florence? Open up or

I'll bust the door down!

I know it's you!

I've seen you come and go!

That's funny... That's funny...!

All these years and

I didn't know I had a son!

Not so funny.

Christ, Florence! You've got

to see the funny side of things!

I've been waiting for you

Yes... well...

I meant to come back

sooner, didn't I?


Well, just I didn't get

round to it before.

I'm here now, ain't I?


Yes, you are...

You're here now.


Thirty-five years...

Gone quick!

You still look good, Flo.

You always were

a good-looking broad!

You always were the charmer...


Charmed a few girls in my time.

And yet I never knowed I had a son!

Good, healthy-looking specimen, too.

You done well, Flo.

Hey, son!

You can call me Pop!

I'm your Pop!



He's gettin' the idea.




- Pop-pop-pop-pop...

- Yeah, yeah...

Alright, don't go making

a big thing of it.

Listen, Flo.

I know I should have been back

sooner and I'm sorry and all that.

But do you reckon, you know...

You and me...

You know...

Will you still have me, Flo?

I don't know.

You bein' a man of God now...

Oh, that...

Did a bit of preaching

part-time, nothing in it.

How about it, then?

Make an honest women of you!

Don't know if I can

trust you, Harold.

Hey, what's up, son? You got

a mental condition or something?

If you and me are gonna learn

to live together...

...we gotta have some respect!


I think he comprends.

How about some refreshment, love?

Sorry, Harold.

Hey, son!

Me and your mother

would like to have a bit of a talk.

How about going outside?

Bubby ain't used to going outside.

By himself...

Son, you ain't a poofter, are you?

I don't want any son of mine

growing up to be a... homosexual.

I'd disown him first.

You got to try to understand...

Me and Bubby...

We been here... hm...

by ourselves a long time.

But he ain't like other kids.

He was such a difficult birth.

All alone in here,

no one to help you...

I didn't think

I'd pull through.

So you gotta try to understand.

As long as he ain't a poofter.

Oh, no. No, he ain't.

Dry old conversation, Flo!


Dry old conversation!

Oh, sorry!

We don't get very many visitors!

Hm, would a sherry do?

Any port in the storm...!

Any port in the storm...

I can see right down

your dress, Flo.

God, you've got great tits!

They were big before,

but now they're great

big whoppers of things!

You're just being nice!

No, seriously, Flo.

They're the sort of tits

a man can really lose himself in.

Bury his face and forget

about the troubles of-

What troubles, Harold?

What troubles can a man forget?

Let go, Bubby, let go!

Jesus...! He's mad!

The f***ing bastard!

Harold! Harold, it's...

- He was trying to kill me! - He was not!

- You mad, you bastard!

He didn't mean you any harm,

he was just trying to see

whether you breathed or not.


It's not his fault, he's got

some strange ideas.

You can't blame the kid.

He can't help it.

He never had a father.

Nearly killed the

only one he's got.

Christ, kid! You're a weirdo!


Christ, kid. You're a weirdo.

Christ, kid.

You're a weirdo!

You've got lovely skin, Flo.

Soft, and sexy.

You're a sexy woman.

You make it hard

for a red-blooded man

to keep his hands off you.

You have lovely hands, Harold.

Be a pity not to

be using them.

What's that you've found, then?

Don't know.

Don't know what this could be.

It's me dress that's

what you've found.


But what's this,

under the dress?

You have already

had your look at it.

Is it...?

Is it?

You'll have to wait and see!

Gates of Paradise...

One of the seven

wonders of the world!

Do you really think so?


It's not too big?

It's perfection, Flo.

Oh, that's lovely...

Hey, you see...?

Oh yeah, do that again...

Oh, that's nice...

HEY! Get the f*** out of here!

You pervert!

Give your mother some privacy!

Go back to bed, Bubby!

Why the hell you call him Bubby?

Bubby's a stupid name!

I was waiting for

you to get back.

But it suits him.

Yeah, a stupid name

for a stupid kid!

You're a sexy woman, Flo.

What the f***...?

The kid's completely crackers!

You're a weirdo!

Oh, Jesus Christ...

You're a sexy woman, Flo.

Am I?

Thank you.

God, you've got great tits!

Great, big whoppers of things!

One of the seven wonders

of the world, Flo!

It's perfection.

Oh, Bubby...

My little boy.

Gates of Paradise...

He's attacking me, Harold!

Jesus Christ!

F*** me!

Get the f*** out of here!


You mad bastard!

You f***ing c*nt! You get

the bastard out of here!

- You got lovely skin, Flo.


- You're a weirdo!



Leave Bubby alone!



Get the f*** out of here!

Oh, doormat. Excuse me.

The f***ing kid's

trying to be me again!


You useless sh*t,

you perverted bastard...!

You're good for nothing!

Nothing... except messing

things up... isn't he, Flo?!

Messed the place up good and

proper, didn't you, you little c*nt!

You useless c*nt!

- Why don't you piss off?!

- Leave Bubby alone!

Leave Bubby alone!

Leave Bubby alone!

You stupid useless kid,

you should've been left to die!

What did you say?!

He should've been, the kid

should've been left to die!

Oh, you bastard,

I kept him alive for you!

Wasn't worth the

trouble you fat cow!

You be still...

You be still...


You be still...

Now... you be still, Pop.

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Rolf de Heer

Rolf de Heer (born 4 May 1951) is a Dutch Australian film director. De Heer was born in Heemskerk in the Netherlands but migrated to Sydney when he was eight years old. He attended the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney. His company is called Vertigo Productions and is based in Adelaide. De Heer primarily makes alternative or arthouse films. According to the jacket notes of the videotape, de Heer holds the honor of co-producing and directing the only motion picture, Dingo, in which the jazz legend Miles Davis appears as an actor. Miles Davis collaborated with Michel Legrand on the score. He is the subject of the book Dutch Tilt, Aussie Auteur: The Films of Rolf de Heer (First edition – Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM, 2009. Second edition – Ebook: Starrs via, 2013) by Dr D. Bruno Starrs. A comprehensive study of his films to date, Dancing to His Song: the Singular Cinema of Rolf de Heer by film critic Jane Freebury, is published in ebook and print (Currency Press & Currency House, 2015). His 2013 film Charlie's Country was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. more…

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