Magazine article Screen International

Brazilian YouTube Stars Porta Dos Fundos Shooting Feature

Magazine article Screen International

Brazilian YouTube Stars Porta Dos Fundos Shooting Feature

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The dry, acidic humour of Porta Dos Fundos (Back Door), an online phenomenon in Brazil since 2012, is ready to transfer to cinemas. The Brazilian comedy troupe, whose YouTube channel has the highest number of subscribers in the country (with over 11.2 million), is currently filming its first feature in Rio de Janeiro.

Scheduled for release in cinemas in June, Porta Dos Fundos - Contrato Vitalicio (Lifetime Contract) is the most anticipated local film of the year, given the size of the group's fan base. In Brazil, their channel of comedy sketches has reached 2.1 billion views and counting, according to latest data from SocialBlade.com. In January, they had their best monthly result ever, with 74.7 million YouTube views.

"We do not see the film as a new format necessarily. Our humour is the same regardless of the media. We haven't made larger productions for the internet because we haven't had the time or the money needed," says Ian SBF, who is directing the film and is one of the group's five founding partners. The other four are Fabio Porchat, Gregorio Duvivier, Antonio Tabet and João Vicente de Castro.

All in their 20s and 30s, the quintet worked as comedians, scriptwriters and directors for Brazilian television before quitting their jobs to dedicate themselves to Porta Dos Fundos. The group's success has come from a bold, irreverent, satirical approach to subjects such as religion, sex, drug use and corruption, always a hot topic in Brazil. …

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