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The Beta Test

Directed by Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe, 2021 UK, USA 93 minutes
18+
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A secret sexual encounter triggers an existential nightmare for a Hollywood agent in this riveting social horror by Jim Cummings (Thunder Road) and PJ McCabe. Berlinale 2021.

The Beta Test is a pulsating combination of crime mystery, Hollywood satire, erotic thriller and fevered psycho-horror. It centres on Jordan Hines (Cummings, superb), a smarmy, image-obsessed talent agency shark. On the eve of his wedding, he receives a purple envelope inviting him to a thrilling “no-strings-attached” sexual encounter. He’s unable to resist, and so begins a snowballing series of events that catapult Hines into the toxic netherworld of LA and into the black hole of his own sociopathic existence. As his anxiety and paranoia escalate to dizzying, semi-surreal heights, the impression is that Hines would gladly sell his soul to find out who sent that purple envelope – if only he had a soul left to sell.

Program Strand
Freak Me Out,
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Language
In English, Mandarin Chinese and Swedish with English subtitles
Director
Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe,
Producer
Natalie Metzger, Matt Miller, Benjamin Wiessner,
Cast
Jim Cummings, Virginia Newcomb, PJ McCabe,
Screenwriter
Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe,
Cinematographer
Kenneth Wales,
Editor
Jim Cummings,
Genre
Horror, Science & Technology, Off-Beat, Gender & Sexuality, Filmmaking, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Comedy,
Company Credits
Production Company: Vanishing Angle,