Filmfest 2016

Oscar has an enjoyable childhood – until his parents separate and he witnesses an assault on a gay fellow student. Years later, Oscar still has a hard time with his own sexuality, fleeing into his own dream worlds – falling in love with handsome Wilder at work. In his directing debut, Stephen Dunn combines dream and reality in an eclectic mix, featuring Isabella Rossellini as the voice of Oscar’s talking hamster Buffy. Premiered in Toronto, where it took Best Canadian Film.

tags: Humor, Youth/Coming of Age, Love, Queer, Feature film

Cast: Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Aliocha Schneider, Joanne Kelly, Isabella Rossellini


Screenplay: Stephen Dunn

Director of Photography: Bobby Shore

Film Editor: Larry Yang, Super Zhang

Composer: Maya Postepski, Todor Kobakov

Production Designer: Lisa Soper

Costume Design: Melanie Oates

Sound: Neil McIntyre

Producer: Edward J. Martin, Fraser Ash, Kevin Krikst

Production Company: Rhombus Media Inc., Best Boy Entertainment

Distributor: PRO-FUN MEDIA Filmverleih

Director: Stephen Dunn


Stephen Dunn was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1989. He shot several shorts, including SWALLOWED (2010), which won the TIFF Talent Lab Emerging Filmmaker Award at Toronto. LIFE DOESN’T FRIGHTEN ME (2012) screened at the International Festival of Film Schools in Munich. CLOSET MONSTER is Stephen Dunn‘s feature debut.