Lawrence & Holloman
EXEC PRODS Mary Anne Waterhouse, Andrew Currie
PRODS Paul Armstrong, Daniel Arnold, Matthew Kowalchuk, Robyn Wiener
SCR Daniel Arnold, Matthew Kowalchuk
CAM Graham Talbot, Nelson Talbot
ED David Legault
PROD DES Guy Roland
MUS Don Macdonald
PROD CO Ameland Films / Lawrence & Holloman Productions / Quadrant Motion Pictures
Some guys have all the luck. Lawrence (Ben Cotton) is a salesman with few morals, no brains and a perpetual smile. As we first meet him he’s standing in an elevator, crowing with joy about his success on a department store sales floor. Behind him is Holloman (Daniel Arnold), a man considerably less than content with his life. He’s just chickened out of a suicide attempt—likely not for the first time—and, in the man before him, he sees everything he hates and envies. The two form a relationship that grows ever more twisted. Holloman has nothing to lose and Lawrence is a man who can lose everything and still face the world with an ear-to-ear grin.
If this sounds grim, don’t worry: it’s a comedy, albeit a very dark one. For all the outlandishness—and things do get pretty crazy—what we see rings scarily true to contemporary reality. Matthew Kowalchuk’s film—adapted from Morris Panych’s play—works on many levels: as wacky sketch comedy, as absurdist fable and, most pungently, as a satire on the modern rat race. Lawrence is the perfect citizen for a First World capitalist country: he’s hardworking, stupid, and oblivious to misfortune—including his own, when it comes. Ignorance is, indeed, bliss.