Sunday, 25 September 2011

Jayne Bevitt's Blubber Boy

Based on an Eskimo folktale retold in A Kayak of Ghosts by Lawrence Millman, Jayne Bevitt's 1991 short Blubber Boy tells the story of an Eskimo woman who carves a chunk of blubber into a replica of her drowned boyfriend, which she then brings to life by rubbing against her genitals. Unfortunately, the blubber boy tends to melt in hot conditions, and the woman eventually has to carve him afresh from a new chunk of blubber.

The film was narrated by Ruth Avingaq, advised by Co Hoedman of the National Film Board of Canada and made at Whitehorse Films for Channel 4.

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