Live Bait

  • 84'
  • Canada
  • 1995
Touching small-scale black & white film set in the bourgeois outer suburbs of Vancouver and on the nearby coast. Protagonist is Trevor MacIntosh (effectively and nonchalantly played by Tom Scholte), a 23-year-old who has just graduated, but has not yet found his place in life. He still lives with his parents, has a part-time job and is still a virgin. His interfering surroundings gived him advice about everything. His mother meddles with his (non-existent) sex life, his father meddles with his (non- existent) career and his macho brother meddles with his (non- existent) girlfriend. Trevor decides to move into a bed-sit, but there he is lumbered with a strange boy who pretends to be a professional boxer. Then he meets Charlotte Peacock. Charlotte is an eccentric artist in her sixties. Trevor becomes her assistant and a warm relationship blossoms between the typical representative of the Generation X and the more mature bon vivant Charlotte. The live bait of the title is Trevor, who is pestered by the people around him (and especially the women), and not only in the field of sex. The simple and naturalistic black & white pictures are accompanied by a loose, melodic jazz-score.
Directors
Bruce Sweeney, Bruce Sweeney
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Canada
Production Year
1995
Festival Edition
IFFR 1996
Length
84'
Medium
16mm
Language
English
Producer
Cypher Productions Ltd.
Sales
Cypher Productions Ltd.
Screenplay
Bruce Sweeney
Editor
Bruce Sweeney
Production Design
Wendy Hyman
Cast
Tom Scholte, Babz Chula