Watch: Die Antwoord's Freakish B&W Short Film 'Tommy Can't Sleep'

June 26, 2017
Source: YouTube

Tommy Can't Sleep Short Film

"Mom, I can't sleep. There's rats." You ain't never seen a short film like this before. Tommy Can't Sleep is a short film made by South African rappers Die Antwoord, also known as Ninja and Yolandi. The film stars their daughter, 16 Jones, as "Lil Tommy" and has a cameo appearance by Jack Black as "Big Tommy". It's a B&W short art directed by Roger Ballen, a photographer who has had a major influence on Die Antwoord. The story is about a kid who can't sleep because there are rats in his room. As described by Nylon, "it's all extremely Die Antwoord: twisted, terrifying, absurd, funny, outlandish." It will likely ruin your day - enjoy.

Description from YouTube: "Tommy Can't Sleep because there's rats in his room and his stupid fuckin dumb bitch mom doesn't believe him." Directed by ¥o-landi Vi$$er, part of Die Antwoord. Art directed by Roger Ballen, an American photographer living in South Africa who has inspired Die Antwoord's imagery all along. Starring Yolandi and Ninja's daughter 16 Jones as "Lil Tommy". Music by The Black Goat. For more info, visit the film's YouTube page. Thanks to tips from Nylon and Noisey. This seems to be something entirely unique and not connected to anything else besides the band. To see more shorts, click here. Your thoughts?

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That was... not good. I tend to like the weird stuff and that did nothing for me. Like a less skilled hybrid of john waters by way of lars von trier.

harm on Jun 26, 2017


No credibility after "Chappie".

foreigncontaminant on Jun 27, 2017


Come on....what a dumb comment. Before Chappie, they were known for their weird electronic music and more so for their bizarre music videos. This one mostly falls in the "weird videos" category.... But yeah, I agree with you that they should stay away from major feature film acting roles...

TheOct8pus on Jun 27, 2017


I guess my point is, nobody outside their fanbase really knew them before Chappie. After the ridiculous amount of self-promotion they did in that movie - from the music, to posters on walls, to a close-up shot of one of them actually wearing a Die Antwoord jacket (seriously?), they got lots of coverage. For the wrong reasons. They sold themselves way short. Imagine if Bjork appeared in "The Mummy".

foreigncontaminant on Jun 27, 2017


There was some strange politics involved in the film after they made fun of Drake, Sony dropped them from the promo completely from Chappie.

Carpola on Jun 28, 2017


I thought they were great in Chappie. I wouldn't even know about them if it wasn't for that film.

David Diaz on Jun 27, 2017


I got extremely tired of hearing Yolandi Visser cry "Cheppie!" over and over, for 2 hours.

foreigncontaminant on Jun 27, 2017


Nice Post Dear - Awesome

M Jahanzaib on Jun 27, 2017


The recent animation with Ninja explaining how he played basketball at Drakes house with Kanye West was hilarious. It was weird that someone as strange as him seemed totally normal comrade to the other two. I was hoping this video would go a bit further but it stops really quick.

Carpola on Jun 27, 2017


Maybe in 40 years people will respect these

DAVIDPD on Jun 27, 2017

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