What better way to conclude a Saturday night than with a compilation of unusual short films? Each of these unusual short film in the Late Night Weird would be worthy of a cult following. With one exception, these deliciously weird short films either fit the category of a genre flick or an indie comedy.
BEAT AROUND THE BUSH
“I’m 75 years old and I’m going to give myself an orgasm.” says Una (Brenda Matthews), our elderly heroine.
All her long life, Una has never given herself an orgasm. With her friends Beatrice (Gina Stockdale) and Goldie (Mary Black), she’s determined to change that. She tries a series of techniques offered by plucky sex store clerk Molly (Kacey Rohl), from erotic narratives to lubes. It proves a challenge when you can’t masturbate without your arthritis acting up.
On the surface, this sounds like a lost episode of the Golden Girls. In terms of tone, it plays more like an elderly equivalent to the 40 Year Old Virgin. Like Judd Apatow, most of writer-director Brianne Nord-Stewart’s humour comes from the interactions between characters. It’s a joy listening to Una, Beatrice and Goldie discuss sex. Black in particular steals the show as the unfiltered Goldie, describing sexual terms (“Brushing the Beaver”, “Polishing the Pearl”) or teasing the WASP-y Beatrice.
With Una also going through Alzheimer’s, Nord-Stewart blurs the lines between humour and heartbreak. In an early scene, we see Una use a timer to remind her to unplug her coffee maker. With this in mind, her motivation becomes understandable. “I’m slowly losing everything else” says Una “so now is all I have.”