Closet Monster

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Canada | 2015 | 90 minutes | Stephen Dunn

In this imaginative, sometimes shocking, and unexpectedly funny coming-of-age story, an aspiring special-effects makeup artist struggling with his sexuality and his fear of his macho father turns for advice to his pet hamster Buffy (named for a certain Vampire Slayer), who hilariously speaks to him in the voice of Isabella Rossellini.

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Mixing affecting drama with whimsical fantasy and elements of Cronenbergian body horror, this striking, sometimes shocking, and often unexpectedly funny debut feature chronicles a high-school student wrestling with his sexuality and learning how to find his own way. Aspiring special-effects makeup artist Oscar Madly (Connor Jessup) needs out of many things: his restrictive home life with his judgmental father, the small Newfoundland town that is suffocating his creativity, and the closet where he has been nervously hiding since witnessing a brutal hate crime as a young boy. He has support from two key figures in his life: his best friend Gemma and his pet hamster Buffy (named for a certain Vampire Slayer), who talks to him with the unmistakable voice of Isabella Rossellini. Buffy provides welcome advice (and comic relief) as Oscar struggles with nightmare visions of revealing his sexuality to the world, along with increasingly erratic confrontations with his father. When he meets the perfect-looking Wilder, a cool, carefree rebel who embodies a world Oscar's only dreamed of, he is uncontrollably smitten and can no longer hold back his urges to break free no matter the consequences. Writer/director Stephen Dunn, 26, who grew up in a small Newfoundland town much like Oscar's, brings a refreshingly offbeat sensibility—laced with cinematic visions from auteur horror films—to this wholly original tale of self-discovery.

Director Biography
Stephen Dunn is a Canadian film director, screenwriter, and producer. He grew up in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and worked as a child actor.

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  • Director: Stephen Dunn
  • Principal Cast: Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Joanne Kelly, Aliocha Schneider, Jack Fulton
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Kevin Krikst, Fraser Ash, Edward J. Martin
  • Screenplay: Stephen Dunn
  • Cinematographers: Bobby Shore
  • Editors: Bryan Atkinson
  • Music: Maya Postepski, Todor Kobakov
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Toronto International Film Festival 2015 (Best Canadian Feature Film), Atlantic Film Festival 2015 (Best Atlantic Director, Atlantic Screenplay)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Strand Releasing
  • International Sales: Fortissimo Films