In 2001 unemployed actor Garth Petridis was imprisoned for one of the most unusual crimes in Australian history. Desperate for success he kidnapped members of the public and forced them to perform in a bizarre movie intended to make Garth a household name. He kept a video diary of the whole process. Upon his release from jail he convinced filmmaker Gregory Pakis to recreate the story of his life before his crimes and the outrageous stunts he would pull 'method acting' to get 'sexy and tough' to win parts. Written by
William Lustig pulled Gregory Pakis aside at the 2004 Melbourne Underground Film Festival where Lustig was president of the jury and complimented Pakis on his film saying that it reminded him of the early Martin Scorsese film _Who's That Knocking at My Door?_. Lustig gave it Best Film however it did end up missing out by only one vote. See more »
I was lucky enough to catch a screening of this movie while I was visiting Australia, and I was really impressed. The movie is a charming, funny, original, light-hearted, and refreshingly unpretentious no budget comedy that any guy, out of work actor, or struggling filmmaker can relate to.
The basic plot concerns an out-of-work actor named Garth who eventually turns to kidnapping people to star in his own movie.
I had a great time following Garth around; he's a really likable and original character and I was rooting for him the whole way. His heart, passion, and witty sense of humor comes through both in front of and behind the camera.
And for such a low budget movie, it is very well shot and edited, and the acting across the board is excellent. Although Garth is the star, the colorful supporting characters shine as well. The dialogue is also sharp and funny as hell (particularly Garth's conversations to the camera and with his agent).
Overall, the movie puts many big budget, big star Hollywood movies to shame. Highly recommended!
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