Staff Pick: Shut Up Little Man

Jul 2, 2019

In the late 80s, neighbors in a San Francisco apartment building recorded the drunken squabbles between Peter and Raymond. Their relationship, and the pop culture phenomenon it spawned, is the subject of the documentary film “Shut Up Little Man.”

In the late 80s, neighbors in a San Francisco apartment building were witness to an endless stream of drunken squabbles between Peter and Raymond. One was a raging homophobe and the other a flamboyant gay man. The two Midwesterners that lived next door recorded the rantings and the tapes went viral in an analog age. In his documentary film “Shut Up Little Man,” Matthew Bate explores the amusing and sad relationship between Peter and Raymond that spawned a pop culture phenomenon.

Here's what Doug Fabrizio had to say about this episode:

As part of our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival, and also because of our personal interests, we always try to profile a film that is, well, strange, or really original. In 2011, we found the perfect specimen. The filmmaker Matthew Boyd had gotten into the festival with this documentary about these two guys who moved in to an apartment in San Francisco next door to these two other older guys. The old guys, Peter and Raymond, argued constantly. They got drunk and were just awful to each other — but they were also incredibly funny. And the younger guys, Eddie and Mitchell, recorded these brawls, and their cassettes became a cult hit.