"How bad could it be?"
Inspired by a flippant remark about the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, filmmaker A.J. Bond made a bet with his close friend and longtime collaborator, actor David Amito, to see which of them could withstand a week of psychological torture at the hands of the other.
Shot in an avant-garde ‘torture chamber’ in an isolated warehouse, under the supervision of associate producer Marguerite Moreau, what begins as a bizarre and darkly humorous reality TV scenario gradually spirals out of control.
The limits of friendship are tested and an unsettling connection between filmmaking and torture is exposed.
Playing on the themes of Orwell’s Big Brother surveillance and Room 101 fears, updated to contemporary world of Internet voyeurism, this is an entertaining, and sometimes uncomfortable and disturbing, morality tale.
The question is, did it really happen?