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My Addiction

Reviewed on vidcassette, San Francisco, June 4, 1994. (In S.F. Intl. Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.) Running time: 61 MIN.

Reviewed on vidcassette, San Francisco, June 4, 1994. (In S.F. Intl. Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.) Running time: 61 MIN.

With: Caroline Gillis, Ellen-Ray Hennessey, Daniel MacIvor, O’Mara, Tracy Wright.

This shapeless effort at hip comedy hinges on a lopsided client-hustler relationship. Amateur feel and short running time will limit prospects to unselective gay fests.

Story, such as it is, springs from hysterical housewife Mary Ann’s suspicion that her husband, Matt, is cheating. She hires a detective/cameraman to record other half’s activities — revealed as fixation on the apparently aptly named younger male prostie Dick.

After declaring his love, Matt faces Dick’s get-out-or-I’ll-kill-you threats. He sticks around, passing time with latter’s bisexual junkie flatmate, Marvette. Dick returns from a trick and, true to his word, beats Matt senseless. Conclusion posits patly ironic “second marriage pact” between man and wife.

Wobbly, variably focused faux-verite lensing (alternating between color and blue-tinged b&w) gets old fast. Likewise seemingly improvised dialogue, delivered by performers void of any transcendent spark. Sound quality is good, which perhaps isn’t appropriate, given pic’s conceit. Notation of characters'”addictive” behaviors (re sex, drugs, alcohol, nicotine) leads nowhere.

Canuck helmer Sky Gilbert has created several stage shows, some of which — notably “Drag Queens in Outer Space”– have traveled stateside to infinitely more defined, satirical effect than this enervated enterprise can muster. His commitment to this torpid, sub-Gus Van Sant rough-trade scenario can only be explicated as highly personal. And that’s no excuse.

My Addiction

(CANADIAN -- COLOR/B&W/16mm)

Production: An Orton Film Corp. presentation. Directed, written, edited by Sky Gilbert.

Crew: Camera (color/b&w), Gregg Bennett; sound, post-production, Dennis Mohr; assistant director, Stephen Lang.

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