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“A COMPLETE HISTORY OF MY SEXUAL FAILURES” co-writer-director, Chris Waitt

I made a documentary where I tried to interview my ex-girlfriends to find out why they dumped me. I wish 10 percent more of them had agreed to talk to me. In fact I wish 50 percent more had talked to me. But they didn’t. So for a couple of months I wandered ’round, scratched my head and tried to think of ways to persuade them. When I couldn’t persuade them I tried to come up with other things to film. As a result I think I ended up doing a lot of naval gazing, or in my case, a lot of groin gazing. I ended up devoting a large section of my film to my penis. On reflection I’m not sure this was a good use of the production’s time and resources. I ended up thinking about my penis a lot when I should have been thinking about my ex-girlfriends and what I did wrong in my life. I mean, I don’t have a problem thinking about my penis, but I’m not sure it is a good subject for a film.

I think great filmmaking is all about getting to the essence of what your subject is. I’ve realised now that for a large amount of my shoot I didn’t have a clue what I was making or what I was doing. At times I feel bad about this as I think maybe I wasted everyone’s time and money. Then I thought about the fact that life is always more interesting when you don’t know what’s going to happen. In a weird way I’m glad my ex-girlfriends didn’t speak to me, because then my film would’ve turned out just as I’d planned. Maybe I did get carried away with my penis, though.

[PREMIERE SCREENING: Saturday, Jan. 19, 9:30 pm — Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City]

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