Directed by Gillian Wearing
United Kingdom, 2010
Cornerhouse, 4 September 2011
A handful of people respond to an ad, with the aim of making a film about their lives.
They undertake actor’s training with a Method teacher called Sam. You can tell he’s wise because he wears a cap indoors.
The goal seems to be to attain a kind of truth or reality or perspective – to become, if only for a brief time, the person they wished they were or feared they might be. It is an excoriating journey for all.
As for the resulting films – we see five of them – they have something of the quality of a vital lie; and they are character studies, rather than full-blown narratives. One especially traumatic journey was Ash’s, and his fear of the violence within him. His fear that he might become like the men he despises.
A haunting documentary.