Wild Eye Releasing has gone down under for the May 24 DVD debut of Aussie filmmaker Stuart Simpson’s Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla.
The film opened in September of 2014 at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, where it cleaned up with wins for Best Actor (Glenn Maynard) and Best Screen Play (Addison Heath) and then hit Monster Fest two months later in Melbourne where it scored both rave reviews and the coveted Crystal Monster award for Best Picture.
More festival play followed, more awards, but now it is time, at last, for genre fans to be able to enjoy this sweet black comedy on DVD!!!
Warren (Glenn Maynard) is an awkward, lonely man, who spends his days parked on some side street in Melbourne, Australia peddling ice cream (hence the title). He appears to have only one interest in life, soap queen Katey George (Kyrie Capri), the star of Round the Block … no, wait, let’s change that from “interest” to obsession. There, that’s better, he is obsessed with the star of Round the Block, Katey George.
It’s not exactly clear why he has picked this particular venue to set up shop each day. Perhaps it is just his nature do to the same thing over and over and over again.
If our boy Warren had half a brain he’d pick a different spot as a pimp, street hustler and low life drug dealer named Rocko (Aston Elliot) has taken notice of Warren’s little business. He likes ice cream, he doesn’t pay and he enjoys beating up on the hapless Warren.
One bright day Katey is standing at the head of the line ordering ice cream — apparently taking a break from a location shoot — and Warren has the courage to at least strike up a conversation with her. His dream has come true.
If you believe that, then you believe in unicorns and pots of gold at the end of rainbows. Between the constant torments from Rocko and this chance meeting with Katey, the wheels have now been set in motion for our this otherwise friendly ice cream peddler to become unhinged … and unhinged he is (hint: he appears to have seen Taxi Driver a time or two)!
Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla is one of those guilty pleasures this is part black comedy; part psycho thriller. A message film too: You can only put the heat on ice cream man for so long before there’s a meltdown!