Director: Anna Campion
Screenwriters: Anna Campion

Institute History

  • 1996 Sundance Film Festival


I liked the idea of a weekend as a microcosm of any human situation where feelings—envy, hate, fear, guilt, jealousies—exist. The young people in Loaded belong to a generation that I see as attuned to the world in a more vibrant way than I was. They’re facing the world smart and cynical, forced to grow up beyond their experience, left with no innocent playground.
—Anna Campion

In Loaded, a group of seven sharp-minded kids spend a weekend in the country, where they plan to make their own horror video. Their scenario, an impossibly ambitious Celtic fantasy, drifts from hilarity to argument to accusation, as some members suspect others of feeding intimate details from their lives into the script. To get themselves back in tune, they drop acid and record video journals of each other’s secret dreams and fears. Later in the night, a tragic accident jolts them out of their blissful neopsychedelic revelations into a new world. Although this may sound like a sixties revival piece, Loaded is very contemporary. This is a worldly group of self-aware realists who can’t help but see the law and other social structures breaking down around them. They have a deep underlying wariness that the world has been used up, and their generation must now make something of the dregs.

— Suzanne Weiss, Toronto Film Festival

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