Dirs. Vincent Pun & Jared Bratt
Starring Jared Bratt, Tanya Lee, with Brennan Pedde
The film can be described as a character study about a lonely twenty-something, who becomes obsessed with a webcam girl.
This is the short synopsis of the film, but there are various thematic layers in Streamer. There is loneliness, no doubt. There is also the need and want to connect with another human being; the awkwardness of getting to know someone; anxiety; and the emotional highs and lows all of these bring forth.
I watched Streamer on my own in preparation for the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (BITS). The film requires the viewers’ patience and attention. Pun and Bratt create a quiet existence for their protagonist, Jared (J. Bratt), who feels emotionally invested with a webcam girl (Tanya Lee). Over the course of the film, lines are blurred. The outcome is not exactly what Jared, and perhaps the viewers, hope it to be.
Take a listen to what Bratt had to share with me about the film, working with Pun and Lee.
After our chat, I understood the film a bit more. With strong performances, good use of colour, interesting camera angles, and silent moments, Streamer is a good first feature. This is the evolution of a short film (by the same name), which brought Pun and Bratt together about two years ago. Stay tuned for more to come from this duo.
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