In the homophobic 90s, the lives of queer youth in Los Angeles are governed by alienation. Director Gregg Araki (known for Mysterious Skin) paints a portrait of the struggles these youth experience with each other and the world around them. The film is entirely shot on location with Super 8 and 16mm film.
Araki aimed to counter the institutionalized homophobia of the media in the 90s with Totally F***ked Up. To reinforce this statement, he starts the film with an article about the disproportionately large percentage of queer teenagers committing suicide. Additionally, Araki looked to the work of Jean-Luc Godard, a director he claims to intensely admire. Totally F***ked Up can be seen as Araki's attempt to make a film akin to Godard's masterpiece Masculin Féminin.
This film is part of our 'DIY Cinema' series, screening in February and March at De Uitkijk.