An aspiring journalist hears rumors of a strange cult on his college campus. He launches into his own investigation, and comes across a “club” where kids climb into tumble dryers at a 24-hour laundromat and see how long they can last — a phenomenon that eventually goes viral and becomes potentially perilous.
Director Simon Dymond’s thrilling short is a playful riff on David Fincher’s “Fight Club,” which lends the story a tense and compelling pace. With sharp camerawork, a propulsive score and clever performances, the film is continually engaging and suspenseful.
The short is also based on scriptwriter Russ Sutherland’s true story, who discovered the illicit underground wash club in his days at university — and in his efforts to expose it, became its unwitting leaders. Dymond reached out to Sutherland after hearing his story on a podcast and realizing the spoken-word piece would translate well to the screen.
In a world where “ice bucket challenges” and “planking” quickly spread over social media, “Wash Club” explores what happens when a story spins out of control the farther and faster they spread. It’s also a pure cinematic pleasure, and a compact yet powerful entertainment that will leave viewers wanting more.