|This darkly comic DV feature charts a young artist's tightrope walk between creativity and madness.
Twenty-five-year-old Alex (Jonathan Sutton) has been using his growing accomplishments as an actor to hide from his true dream of writing he yearns to work alone, but fears the associated isolation and responsibility. His doubts are amplified by the fact that his late father from whom Alex inherited both talent and a genetic disposition towards mental instability ended his literary career by taking his own life. Encouraged by the mentorship of Michael, a subversive priest (Earl Pastko), Alex is determined to force a confrontation with his fear. He quits the lead role in a career-launching production of Hamlet, cutting off any financial security in order to push himself into his writing. In doing so, he inadvertently exchanges the portrayal of a character's madness for the reality of his own.
Hamlet's drama proceeds to unfold, complete with murder plots, Oedipal promptings, a father's ghost, an irresponsible mother (Marie Stillin), an imposing stepfather (Hiro Kanagawa), an alienated girlfriend (Laura Nordin), and an increasingly inescapable descent into delusion and mayhem - only outside of the imaginary world of the theatre, it is Alex's life that provides the setting . . .
God's Baboons is an exciting and innovative debut feature a multi-layered, unpredictable story revealing complex characters through a raw, provocative style.
“A real talent with actors… very interesting cinematic ideas.” BRUCE SPANGLER, Writer / Director, Protection.
“Great consistency, wonderful acting, and a very strong and well written story.” RICHARD WOLFE, Artistic Director, A Western Theatre Conspiracy.
“Wow … It is gripping and sticks to the ribs and it flows … The performances are excellent … Those moments are why I watch movies: surprise, unease, sudden terrifying turns that reveal truth.”
PETER NORMAN, co-author, Wild Clover Honey and the Beehive.