In the 90’s in England the censors refused to inform film makers what content would be banned. Ray Brady & Jim Crosbie made this indie low-budget Cult indie feature film to include everything that they thought the censors would ban, in a attempt to start a debate in the British media to get the censors to finally admit their working practises whereby they cut scenes containing realistic violence and refused to allow, realistic disturbing repulsive violence, by including such content within their film they intentionally set about challenging the way that they censors were at the time in their opinion de-sanitising audiences to violence by only allowing cartoon like & comedy violence to be shown. The battle with the censors took seven years to win but after screening their film in competition at Edinburgh, Stiges, Fantasporto and many other international films festival including the prestigious Viennale and spending several years lobbying the censors in the British press and on TV the film was finally passed completely uncut when the then head censor James Ferman stepped down and a new board of censors took charge.
The story, “this dark Cult British drama features S&M and centres upon a woman who slowly, fatally tortures the man she keeps captive in her basement. Anne Marie, a French woman, finds her captive, Tevin, in a bar. She is beautiful and he willingly returns to her apartment for a night of love. Instead she spikes his drink. He awakens to find himself stripped to his underwear and strapped to a dentist’s chair. Enter Anne Marie, dressed in full dominatrix garb. She swiftly begins a series of vigorous mental and physical tortures. An unseen third person videotapes the festivities. Anne-Marie is soon replaced by the camera woman and true perpetrator, Julia, a serial killer. For her good work, Anne-Marie is butchered and her head is placed in the cellar with Julia’s other victims. Julia proceeds to continue tormenting Tevin until the film’s inevitable conclusion……… [borrowed from NYTimes movie review]”
Two independent review culled from the imdb.com:
“Boy Meets Girl” is not as nasty as I expected,but still we have here a pretty disturbing stuff.A man meets a woman in the bar,the two go back to her home and there they decide to watch a porno film.The guy passes out and wakes to find himself strapped to a dentist chair.The woman starts to torture him…This artsy shocker is full of brilliant color schemes and there is a lot of atmosphere through out the film.The torture scenes are pretty tame in comparison to “Guinea Pig:Devil’s Experiment”(1988),but still there is enough shocking scenes to satisfy fans of extreme stuff.Recommended!”
“A lost classic – macabre, marvellous… mandatory!
One of the many things I love about DVD, as a medium, is the way that so many wonderful films that never got the video release they so richly deserved have being unearthed from the vaults and unleashed on the viewing public – usually a public that can’t even remember them from the first time round at that.
One such forgotten gem is Ray Brady’s “Boy Meets Girl” (1994, UK) which although responsible for huge amounts of controversy upon its theatrical release (BBFC not liking its subject matter, for some reason!), never seems to get mentioned by many folk any more. Luckily, after being banned on video in the UK since its inception, it got a nicely put-together R2 DVD release in 2002 so now there’s no excuse for having not seen this terrifying slice of thought-provoking brutality…
The film begins, as the title suggests, when Boy Meets Girl in that all-too-familiar setting of a divey little bar somewhere. Girl is French, quite the ‘randy little tart’ it seems, so Boy thinks he’s struck lucky, especially when she takes him back to her flat, plies him with wine and asks if he’d like to watch some porn with her. It’s all very exciting but after a glass of wine he starts to feel a bit woozy and … oops! Quicker than you can say “she drugged your drink, dude!”, Boy wakes up to find he is in a small room with black walls, strapped into a dentist’s chair. Girl is not actually French at all. She’s also not particularly nice either. Bad things ensue. VERY bad things… and she wants to film it all……”