BADSVILLE is a tale of perpetual conflict (localized to one generic small town) and the struggles of gang leader Wink (Ian McLaren) to fulfill a promise to his dying mother and escape the town and the war. It is not clear just how important the where and when of Badsville is, but the café where Wink works has two American flags hanging on its walls, so the film makes a point of being located in the US. And while Badsville has cars and trucks from the 70s and 80s, it’s general atmosphere is suggestive of the 1950s.
After Wink’s mother (Saxon Trainor) dies, he meets and immediately falls in love with Suzy (Tamara Duarte), who is staying with a friend, and came to town (she tells Wink) to lay low after killing her abusive stepfather with a baseball bat. She asks Wink if he’s ever killed anyone, and Wink says no. (Badsville’s gangs, it seems, are happy to beat the crap out of each other, but usually stop short of murder. Wink doesn’t object to killing, he’s just “never hated anyone that much”.)
Suzy has a framed photo of Marlon Brando (from The Wild One). Wink finds this amusing and calls Brando a “dandy”. Before the scene where Brando was mentioned, it wasn’t noticeable how very Brando-like McLaren’s portrayal of Wink is, but after that, it was impossible not to notice.
For no easily identified reason, Duarte as Suzy immediately brings to mind Jane Russell (who never appeared in a film with Brando).
The Wild One (1953) is a quite different style of film, but it is about a conflict between gangs (in a place called Carbonville), and, like BADSVILLE, deals with extremely violent behaviour, but Wink’s story has a much different (and more complex) outcome.
There is no internet in Badsville, but they do have television, although Wink, apparently, doesn’t watch it much. Wink avoids seeing a lot of things until they are forcibly brought to his attention. (That’s probably why he’s called Wink.) He gets upset when he is made aware that his best friend Benny (Benjamin Barrett) has been selling heroin, and Wink is entirely unaware of the fact that Benny is gay, and that Benny is in love with him.
Badsville represents the tangle of habits that holds people in places where they don’t want to be. Benny describes Wink this way: “You know someone their whole lives. Their ins and outs. Like, you just know, if you happen to start a rumble, he’ll be there for you. Even though the odds are totally against him, he’ll fight. He’ll just keep on fighting. He’s bullheaded like that.”
It is interesting that Benny and Wink are played by the film’s writers (Benjamin Barrett and Ian McLaren).
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Octavio Pisano (Flavio) is Rodrigo in GO CRAZY, GO MAD, a romcom starring Aaron Jay Rome and Ashley Lenz as a young couple who try to relieve the strain on their relationship with a vacation and discover that their problems have traveled with them. The film will be on Amazon Video and iTunes in the near future. A trailer is available on Facebook.
Jaqui Holland (pinup model) will be Ashley McNamara in one segment of the horror anthology THE BOOK OF HABBALAH: Book 1 titled “2 Tents”, about two young couples who find out the hard way that they picked the wrong time of year to go camping. (The film’s premise is that a young researcher gets permission to stay overnight inside a large library. and becomes drawn into a demonic collection of stories, each more horrifying than the next, and is subjected to the injuries suffered by the characters.) A teaser for “2 Tents” is available on Vimeo.