Directed by: Ray Brady
Written by: Ray Brady, Jim Crosbie
Stars: Tim Poole, Danielle Sanderson, Margot Steinberg... read more

Year: 1994
Genrer: Drama, Horror
Run time: 1h 33min
My rating: 3 out of 5

Ray Brady's "Boy Meets Girl" is a forgotten feminist gem that never seems to be noticeable in these days. It's one of the more genuinely disturbing movies ever made. The closest comparisons I can make is to place it in a similar category as Takashi Miike's "Audition". This was a really interesting trip to behold.

A boy meets a girl in a bar and follows her for a wild night in bed. At home, they sit down to watch her home-made porn movies. The girl puts something in his drink and the boy loses consciousness. Several hours later he wakes up and gets caught up in a dentist's chair and the girl and her female assistant circle around him. He appeals to them to let him go, but they have just started their little game. Soon, the two girls will torture their helpless victims in the most perversely possible ways.

The movie sounds like a parable of Devils Experiment or Flower of Flesh and Blood from the infamous "Guinea Pig"-series, but purely visually it's far from that. The whole thing takes place in a dark room with minimal cast members. Ray Brady creating a movie with constant excitement and atmosphere that keeps us completely swept until the final grotesque scenes get started. There are so many things to the film's advantage that make it possible to stay awake. Despite an obvious little budget, it's good with its camera tricks and its contextual plot.

The spectacle is surprisingly strong and Danielle Sanderson plays her unstable character with a disarming blend of light and darkness. For one moment she is calm, sensual, almost motherly and in the next moment she is terrifying and expresses a verbal cheek with her crazy barbarism. She makes her character credible through the intensity of her accomplishments.

What makes this movie unique is its crisp-sharp manus and its unpredictable and surprising complex. On top of its heartfelt attack on the theme of "violence in the media", it sets itself on playing with your mind and your personal view of morality. The lines between good and evil are constantly changing and it is almost disorienting how the characterizations manipulate perceptions of what is happening. When the action reaches its climax, the effect is the greater because it makes you think of what's happening instead of watching it through zombified eyes. The film's feminist agenda is quite hard sometimes and the debt is never divided - the characters remain unforgettable.

Boy Meets Girl was unbeaten for the cinema in 1995 but the video certificate was rejected and the film was completely banned by BBFC for eight years because of its controversial subject. It wasn't until 2001 that it finally managed to pass the censorship. The version I watched was the uncut version from Unearthed Films. I don't think it's particularly shocking or extreme when I think of some more graphic films that are about torture, like Fred Vogel's "August Underground"-series or Eric Stanze's "Scrapbook". The script is instead loaded with social comments and insightful contexts about the victim and his two plagiaries.

Looking into the psyche of these women will probably cause you to cope with discomfort, but you'll still remain connected with morbid fascination. If you ignore society's obstacles, the film takes you through a world full of sadism and pain - also to block the rational filter that everyday gets used to. This is a real and uncompromising work and it's no fun movie - but it should be seen by all of you who ever wonder how far the human mind can go. A unique and important work.


Produced by: Ray Brady, Chris Read
Cinematography by: Kevin McMorrow
Editing by: Ray Brady, Russell Fenton
Special Effects by: Ray Brady
Music by: Jim Crosbie, Geoff Southall
Country: U.K
Language: English
Color: Color

Distributor: Unearthed Films