The rules are as follows: 1. No severe pain. 2, No permanent physical damage. 3. Nothing illegal.
How bad could it be?
Inspired by a flippant remark about the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Canadian filmmaker A.J. Bond (a graduate of the UBC Film course) made a bet with close friend and longtime collaborator actor David Amito to see which of them could withstand a week of psychological torture at the hands of the other.
Shot in an avant-garde “torture chamber” in an isolated warehouse under the supervision of associate producer Marguerite Moreau, what begins as a bizarre and darkly humorous reality TV scenario gradually spirals out of control, testing the limits of their friendship and exposing an unsettling connection between filmmaking and torture.
“Stress Position is an intelligent, thought-provoking film, which can only become increasingly relevant … the overall effect is a film you both want to see again because of its numerous admirable qualities, and never want to re-endure because the psychological tortures are so convincing and the verisimilitude too unnerving.” Alex Fitch, Electric Sheep Magazine
"A nearly flawless debut feature which jumps head first into psychological terror." Film Bizarro
"Stress Position is an attractive, inventive, creative film well worth seeing." David Jaffer, exlaim