Tomas: There is Only Money and Sex

Tomas: There is Only Money and Sex

Tomas (an acronym for There is Only Money And Sex) is a series of three short-short animated films by James Palumbo, which are based upon his debut novel Tomas.  Both the films and the very timely book set out to chronicle some of the more sordid aspects of the age in which we are presently living.  Tomas is a brilliantly grotesque retaliatory attack on bloated bankers, salacious socialites, filthy-rich professional sportsmen and the cancer of economic excess.

The films and book have been received with considerable critical acclaim.  While some have described his new works as startlingly grotesque, Palumbo responds, “Is it grotesque?  What does that mean?  I don’t want to say something boring or clichéd, but it really has gotten to extreme levels.  Something’s got to give.  It’s gotten to the point of Sodom and Gomorrah.”  Reviewers have applauded Palumbo’s new works as dripping with disdain for the cancer of economic excess, picking up the literary baton of monomaniacal money lust carried by Bret Easton Ellis during the 90s.

The series of three animated short films is presented here as one piece: Champagne-Fuelled Jungle; Torture, Truffles and Truth; and lastly, Cocks Away! In the finale, an army of male members parachutes from the skies to the tune of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, the battle-cry of finally rising up to redeem mankind.

Tomas: There is Only Money and Sex

The series of three animated shorts can be viewed as separate pieces on Vimeo here.

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