DARKROOM (Ian Thuillier). 52 minutes. Saturday (May 13), 9:30 pm. Rating: NN
Ian Thuillier 's film about his brother, photographer Harry Thuillier Jr. , is so amateurish it makes A&E's biographies seem like high art. That's too bad, because the late Thuillier was an enigmatic figure who showed lots of promise before his death at 33.
The Irish-born artist became known for his obsession with death. His hallucinatory images - he was a heavy drug user - often featured headless women or skulls. After being attacked by a group of street punks he was photographing, he lost 80 per cent of the vision in his photographic eye and subsequently resorted to using a time-consuming, rare technique of printing called platinum palladium.
There's an unusual assortment of talking heads on display, most of them fawning (I lost count of the number of times the word "interesting" came up) and some simply eccentric (a clairvoyant, an optometrist). The dull clips are interspersed with a banal audio interview with Thuillier that sheds little light on his work or life.