I’m a stickler for correct grammar. There are certain wrongly used phrases that drive me bonkers. My NSI colleagues even tease me about it sometimes.
‘Irregardless’ is one of my personal pet peeves.
It is with great pleasure that we present to you Torture, directed by Hot Thespian Action with Brad Crawford and Bryan Verot. It’s a very simple, almost amateur, short film with a magical script about an English professor who is tortured with bad grammar.
Our entire office laughed out loud at this one.
Shannon Guile, Jacqueline Loewen, Garth Merkeley, Ryan Miller and Jane Testar say, ‘The idea for this film was borne out of our group’s mutual hatred for stupid people, and specifically stupid people who speak with horrible grammar.
This issue grated on us so much that we finally created Sheena and Amber, the embodiment of apathetic young people who can’t be bothered to speak correctly.’
Our second film this week is The Exit, directed by E. Jane Thompson.
The morning after a friend’s wedding, Peter and Samantha – on a ‘relationship hiatus’ – discover that each has brought home a lover. When their one-night stands emerge, the story takes a funny turn.
Jane says, ‘The Exit is a funny drama about commitment in today’s society.
To the extent possible in a six-minute film, I wanted The Exit to have the same kind of impact as Cassavetes’s films like Slipstream and A Woman Under The Influence. Taking a page from Cassavetes, we worked extensively with improvisation in rehearsal.
Nicolas Billon’s darkly witty script walks a fine line between drama and comedy.’