Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Humpday 2009

Directed by Lynn Shelton

A sneaky bromantic comedy – made by a woman – about straight male bonding gone a little too far. “A funny, strong, sympathetic dick flick that will bury itself deep within your most intimate areas.” — Cinematical

USA In English
94 minutes 35mm

Director, Producer, Screenplay


Benjamin Kasulke


Nat Sanders

Production designer

Jasminka Vukcevic


Vinny Smith


Mark Duplass (Ben)
Joshua Leonard (Andrew)
Alycia Delmore (Anna)
Lynn Shelton (Monica)
Trina Willard (Lily)


Sundance, SXSW, Cannes (Directors' Fortnight) 2009


Lynn Shelton puts a stealth bomb under the bromantic comedy with her shrewd and funny extrapolation of the lengths some guys might go to to prove they're not boring. A decade ago, Andrew and Ben were inseparable Bohos on campus, their friendship sealed with a pact to live as vagabond artists. Fast-forward ten years and Andrew still believes he's a character in a Kerouac novel, whereas Ben is a nine-to-fiver, nesting with wife Anna in the Seattle suburbs. When Andrew shows up one night on Ben's doorstep, their old dynamic resumes. With taunts that he's gone soft, Andrew effortlessly hijacks Ben away to a debauched party, where the pair concocts a risqué entry to Seattle's annual Humpfest – the indie event where art meets porn. But what begins as a boozy challenge soon escalates into an insane game of carnal chicken. Shelton's hilarious, disarmingly naturalistic third feature fondly opens up the worm-can of every straight bloke's greatest fears. — BZ