The California premiere was well-received by the audience at San Diego’s FilmOut. “Wasp” is a film about sexual attraction, and how it can change. Olivier, in a relationship with James, realizes that he is bisexual when he becomes attracted to Caroline.
Olivier (Simon Haycock) and James (Hugo Boolton) leave England for a romantic getaway into the south of France, and invite Caroline (Elly Condron) along at the last minute. Caroline had just experienced the end of a three-year relationship with her boyfriend, and James felt sad for her.
The trio arrives in a little beautiful village in the Provence, somewhat cut off from the world. The audience is introduced to the metaphor of a trapped wasp. Though everything seems calm between the pool, sunshine and a village visit, Olivier finds himself more and more attracted by Caroline. When Caroline confronts him with her observation he denies his interest.
The camera pans to the trapped wasp trying to find a way out. A tension of sexual jealousy and possessiveness inevitably escalates between the three of them as James becomes more and more aware of his boyfriend’s interest in Caroline. During a Truth and Dare game James confronts the two by saying” I have never been cheated on in front of my eyes”.
When James later confronts Caroline in her bedroom, his jealousy goes out of control and he slaps her across her face, causing her to bleed. Olivier enters this scene and is outraged. Next we see all three leaving the cottage without speaking a word to one another. The camera pans to the dying wasp and metaphorically the audience understands that the relationship between James and Olivier has also died. Director: Philippe Audi-Dor, United Kingdom/France/ Lebanon/Switzerland,72 min
FilmOut San Diego’s 17th Annual LGBT Film Festival took place May 29 – 31, 2015. Over thirty films were screened during the three-day film festival at the historic Observatory North Park Theatre in San Diego. Eighteen films were premiered with FilmOut San Diego along with award-winning films from both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, and with independent features and a variety of short films.