Low Self-Esteem Girl
starring Corrina Hammond, Ted Dave, James Dawes, Rob McBeth
written and directed by Blaine Thurier
Guys want her body.
Zealots want her soul.
-Low Self Esteem Girl's honest tagline
by Bill Chambers A few minutes into Low Self Esteem Girl, I got the distinct feeling I was watching an episode of "Candid Camera" in which the recording device itself, and not the camera's subjects, was the one being had. First-time director Blaine Thurier, a former cartoonist for Vancouver's TERMINAL CITY, zigzags his digital video camera about the house of Lois (Corrina Hammond) like a spy who has unwittingly stumbled upon a stage exercise: Lois and Gregg (Ted Dave), her one-night stand, conduct a pillow-fight with overtones of rape, and then she offers him a beer--at which point I half-expected a drama teacher to call time-out, step into the frame, and critique their performances.