PANIC

Published in Filmography
  • BASH film: 19
  • Director: Bashar Shbib
  • Year, Country, Medium: 1997, Canada, Color, 35mm
  • Duration, (Format): 84:00 minutes (NTSC)
  • Genre: Fiction, Drama

Harry (Robin Andrew Wilcock), a shabby but dignified transvestite, writes radio dramas. One night, he goes into the studio to record his latest work, “Panic,” about a woman whose greatest dream is to write pulp fiction. Harry is assisted by Jack (Patrick Garrow), a macho and homophobic sound technician.

Harry's drama follows the adventures of Marion (Diane Carlson), a shy and dowdy writer who gets her first break when she is offered a contract to write a story in three days. Confronted with the opportunity and the deadline, she experiences writer's block. Borrowing a tape recorder from a friend, Marion begins seeking inspiration from the conversations of strangers, and weaves a tale about murder and intrigue in the art world. Gradually, she finds herself being sucked into a fictional world of beautiful people with exotic circumstances, while the line between fantasy and reality becomes increasingly blurred.

As Jack watches Harry in the recording booth, his initial contempt turns to curiosity and then respect. A cautious friendship develops between the two men, revealing that they are not as different as it may have seemed at first.

"Terrifically played by Robin Andrew Wilcock [...] the film does not suffer from stunted imagination. Like its creator."
Bill Brownstein, The Gazette

"A story about understanding and humanity."
Huguette Roberge, La Presse

"Three realities for one train of thought in a film which comes out pretty good."
Juliette Ruer, Voir

"With undeniably photogenic actors, articulated around improvised scripts whose originality could very well compete with the daily menu of a greasy spoon diner. An exercise in narratology - quite successful too."
Martin Bilodeau, Le Devoir

Cast & Crew

STARRING : ALEXANDRA WOODWARD, ROBIN ANDREW WILCOCK, DIANE CARLSON, PATRICK GARROW, DICK COWARD, DOMENIC CARAPELLA
ART DIRECTOR : MARIE-HÉLÈNE PANISSET
CAMERA/D.O.P. : ALEX MARGINEANU, JAY FERGUSON
EDITING : MARIE-HÉLÈNE PANISSET
ORIGINAL MUSIC : CHRISS LEE, TALAMASCA, BASHAR SHBIB
SCREENPLAY : BASHAR SHBIB, HAROLD VON KURSK
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER : MICHEL ZGARKA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER : PIERRE LATOUR
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR :  BASHAR SHBIB


THIS FILM IS PRODUCED WITH
THE FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION OF:

TELEFILM CANADA
SOCIÉTÉ DE DÉVELOPPEMENT DES ENTREPRISES CULTURELLES (SODEC)
GOUVERNEMENT DU QUÉBEC (Programme du Crédit d'Impôt)
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA (Tax Credit Program)

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