Set in a timeless world, sparkling with the imagery and tone of by-gone glamour, and shot in the light of an eternal Golden Hour, Curtain Down is a metaphorical meditation exploring the life of evanescing star, Storme Du Bois (Tristan Scott-Behrends). Forced to face a harsh new reality when her latest picture deal falls through, Storme’s handsome live-in assistant, James (Matthew Dunlop), adds insult to injury when he delivers the news that, with her money running out, he will soon have to leave her to work for girl-du-jour Huldah Stark (Django Stewart). Out of his unspoken love for her, James composes a song that he hopes will save Storme’s career and their star-crossed love affair. Torn between her love for James and her undying ambition, Storme seeks the advice of her mystical Mentor (Margaret Cho) and decides to put her best foot forward– the show must, and will, go on.
Gently confronting notions of Self and the unquenchable thirst for validation via the Other, Curtain Down touches on themes of existential crisis as old as aging itself. The gender flip of the lead role casts a soft focus on the femininity disparaging youth-obsessed modus operandi of contemporary gay male culture, suggesting that the desperation of perceived obsolescence has little to do with what lies between your legs. Set in a beautiful post-gender landscape of the future-past, our hero/ine wrestles with the desire for artistic admiration and the terror of being seen after the curtain is down.
Credits / Collaborators / Cast
Directed by Emett Casey
Starring Tristan Scott-Behrends, Matthew Dunlop and Margaret Cho
Produced by Rhianon Jones
Written by Tristan Scott-Behrends
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