Rubber Sharks and Wooden Acting: The Ultimate Bad Movie Guide


Rubber Sharks and Wooden Acting: The Ultimate Bad Movie Guide


Written by Nicko Vaughan

The ultimate guide to the movies that are so bad, they’re good!

218pp approx. B-format paperback book.
ISBN: 978-1-84583-940-6
Published 31 March 2016

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From the hilariously dated moralising of anti-drug propaganda vehicle Reefer Madness (1936) to the mind-boggling awfulness of vanity project pioneer Tommy Wiseau’s The Room (2003), audiences have always been drawn to the unintended delights of bad movies. What makes a good bad movie? Why do people seek them out? And why have they seen such a resurgence over the past decade?

In this book, film writer, lecturer and comic Nicko Vaughan, co-creator of the Bad Film Club, presents an affectionate and humorous guide to the movies, the people who make them, the actors who star in them and the audiences who adore them.

218pp approx. B-format paperback book.
ISBN: 978-1-84583-940-6
Published 31 March 2016


Dr Nicko Vaughan started out as a stand-up comedian back in 1996 when, at the age of 21, and after only two gigs, she performed in the final of the ‘open mic’ competition The Stand Up Show, which was broadcast on BBC One. It was also around this time that she started writing for the comedy magazines Deadpan and Comedy Review and became a contributor to the book Dates from Hell.

After a stint writing radio sketches and performing more stand-up comedy, she turned her back on the comedy world to pursue a career in the film industry. Here she became a script supervisor on a variety of independent films, short movies, television adverts and music videos, which would stand her in good stead for her passion-turned-career later in life.

In 2004, she was once more drawn to comedy, and wrote the stage show Songs We Think We Know, which she performed with her comedy partner Joe Timmins at the 2004 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. After receiving critical acclaim for that show, she returned in 2005 with another, Appetite for Distraction, before writing a third, Nicko & Joe Sell Out, which she performed at the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Her script Death Plays Black, a serialised disaster film for the radio, was shortlisted for the BBC Witty and Twisted Award, and she was commissioned to write and perform a promo ident for the Summer of British Film season on BBC Two, and for pilots on various projects for Talkback Thames. She also had a stint reviewing DVD releases and presenting The Comedy Zone on BBC 7/BBC Radio 4 Extra, as well as reviewing films in her column for New Empress magazine.

In 2006 she set up the interactive Bad Film Club from an idea she and Joe had kicked around while at the Edinburgh Fringe the previous year, and she has been writing and producing the show (including performances at Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre and the Barbican Centre in London) and touring it internationally ever since. In 2008 she also organised the first Bad Film Club Film Festival at the Barbican, where actress Jenny McShane, star of Shark Attack 3, accepted the award for best bad movie of all time. Bad films continue to be her passion, and she now uses them as a cautionary example in her lectures on screenwriting at the University of Swansea, where she is part of the Creative Writing Department.

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Weight .001 kg
Dimensions 0.1 × 0.1 × 0.1 cm


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