Seat in Shadow
Directed by Henry Coombes
You have never met anyone quite like Albert (David Sillers in a bravura performance). Oh wait, yes you have. That is, if you’re acquainted with Auntie Mame, Ruth Gordon’s Maude and any number of eccentric characters played by Johnny Depp and Nicolas Cage. When we first meet the aging, kimono clad, wild-haired Albert he’s busy concocting his own toothpaste (out of charcoal), dabbling in his passion for abstract painting, and dancing around with wild abandon. Into his quiet life of domestic bliss comes the doomy, gloomy Ben (Jonathan Leslie), the lethargic grandson of Albert’s no-nonsense friend (Marcella McIntosh). Ben is having problems with his controlling boyfriend and his Granny figures that Albert—who practices Jung-inspired psychotherapy on the side—can help get Ben back on track. And slowly, delightfully—as their unconventional therapy sessions progress—that’s just what happens. Out of the imagination of acclaimed Scottish artist Henry Coombes comes this offbeat and perceptive study of social mores, sexual excess, and the symbiotic relationship between doctor and patient, teacher and pupil, artist and muse.