You know the moment. The one where the actor tells you how it is. How they feel and why they feel. The moment that touches you, sometimes against your better judgement, a tug at the heart strings, a rising in your chest or anger in your bones. The actor’s moment to shine, where the home-truths told can show their emotional range.
What I want to say … What I’m trying to say, is a distillation of the essence of cinematic language. It explores moments of film monologue that can work as a breath in the narrative and reveal a filmic code that lets us ponder the film’s bigger themes of love, hate, jealousy or selflessness behind the story. We ask ourselves what we would do in this situation, how would we act, what decisions would we make?
In What I want to say … What I’m trying to say, Cassandra Tytler continues her exploration of the artifice in popular culture and the processes of character and emotive representation. She uses performance as a tool to highlight the unreal and burlesque nature of the characters she plays.