It’s not hard to understand why we develop crushes on movie stars. They’re famous, beautiful, rich, talented (sometimes). They exist on our screens, and we know they’re real, but there’s always that disconnect. We’re unlikely to ever meet one, let alone develop any genuine relationship with one… but what if we did?
Adrian Tofei’s BE MY CAT: A FILM FOR ANNE is a story about celebrity obsession taken to its most extreme, tragic end. Tofei writes, directs, shoots, and stars in the film, but this is hardly a vanity project run amuck. His “Adrian” is a man who firmly exists in his own reality where he is enchanted by actress Anne Hathaway, in particular her role as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Addressing the camera throughout in an improvised, stream of consciousness babble, Adrian is myopic in his focus and lacking even the slightest sense of self awareness. He speaks to Anne directly, as his film is meant for an audience of one. He tells her that he has created a film for her to star in, and will be using local actresses to show examples of the scenes he has written for them to star in together. The films tone starts off as uncomfortable at best, and quickly escalates into something far more sinister. We immediately think of the real-life horror of television actress Rebecca Schaeffer, who was stalked and shot by an obsessed fan at her own home in Hollywood in 1989. By using a real, prominent actress as the focus of his story, we lose ourselves in his world, completely aware of the potential tragedy that could happen at any moment.
When we incorporated the Under Worlds Austin sidebar this year to exclusively showcase horror films, we wanted to make sure we incorporated as many different examples of the genre as possible. It’s very easy to pigeonhole horror exclusively in the realm of the paranormal, bodily transformation, or a man in a mask wielding a sharp instrument. What is most striking about BE MY CAT is that it none of those things, but something even worse: a very real scenario. It’s not hard to imagine many young men (and women) like Adrian, walking around right now, fantasizing about their obsession and what could happen. If that’s not scary, I don’t know what is.
BE MY CAT: A FILM FOR ANNE screens at 5:20pm on Sunday, December 4. Click here for the full schedule.