Director: Duncan Roy
Screenwriters: Duncan Roy

Institute History

  • 2003 Sundance Film Festival


Dean, a troubled, working-class lad from London, lands a job in a high-end art gallery and glimpses a world where the right name means instant acceptance. When the blue-blooded gallery owner takes him under her wing and into her family, the temptation for Dean to strip her son's aristocratic identity and join the jet-set life of parties, drugs, and status proves too powerful to resist. Thus begins director Duncan Roy's emotionally powerful and marvelously crafted tale of human ruthlessness and vulnerability.

Roy breathes new life into this classic tale of covetousness by spinning the yarn using multiple projection, filling the screen with three side-by-side images and offering several perspectives on every scene. Roy's cameras slyly slip around, seamlessly divulging deeply hidden psychological secrets and incriminating surveillance evidence. Wonderful storytelling and formal daring rank AKA as a remarkably provocative study of class and the hunger for power, love, and acceptance that stands in a class by itself.

— Shari Frilot

Screening Details

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