The Garth Method (82mins)
Directed by Gregory Pakis
WINNER! Best Actor – Melbourne Underground Film Festival
WINNER! Best Director – Melbourne Underground Film Festival
WINNER! Best Actor – Oxnard Film Festival, California.
Official Selection – Woodstock Film Festival
screening @ Stratford Courthouse, Stratford ( 20km north of Sale, Victoria)
26th July, 7:30pm
q & a with director Gregory Pakis
“One of the Best Indie Films I’ve Seen in a Long Time!” —Moviehole.net
“The Garth Method flies high… All of the performances are exceptional… A perfectly written screenplay!” —Film Threat
“entertains with its sense of the absurd… a tongue-in-cheek journey through the sorry days of an aspiring actor.” —Cinephilia
Synopsis: In 2001, unemployed actor, Garth Petridis, was imprisoned for one of the most unusual crimes in Australian history.
Desperate for success he kidnapped members of the public and forced them to perform, at gunpoint, in scenes for a bizarre movie intended to make Garth a household name.
He kept a video diary of the whole process, and managed to film several scenes for his movie.
Upon his release from jail he convinced filmmaker Gregory Pakis to recreate the story of his life before his crimes, as well as the outrageous stunts he pulled on his victims of “method acting.”
The result is a disturbing satire, mixing recreation with the actual video diary of the hostages, and their acting in Garth’s movie – to create possibly the strangest comedy ever made, mixing terror and humor in the most unusual way. If it’s not the strangest comedy ever made, it is certainly the weirdest story ever told about an actor pursuing his big break.