Looking Is The Original Sin


A Gail Harvey film - Starring Maria Del Mar & Katie Boland

Logline: A daughter's journey to find her mother leads her on a twisted, haunted and beautiful search, ending in the most poignant discovery of all; herself.

Looking is the Original Sin is a mother/daughter story about love, loss, discovery, alienation and above all the transformational power of art.

Anna, 19, has always lived in the shadow of her talented, beautiful, dynamic and unstable mother, Helene. Helene is a successful photographer who loves Anna deeply lacks an innate maternal gene, made happy only by her daring work.

As Anna grew, Helene became more and more suffocated by playing the role of a dutiful wife and dedicated parent. She lost herself to her art, fell into a deep depression and was driven into darker and darker places for her photographs. She wanders around the fringes of society, engaging in sexual misadventures, putting herself in dangerous situations in pursuit of the raw, suffering beauty of the human experience. Though her depression makes her live recklessly, Helene is blinded and feels she is becoming the artist she is meant to be. Doing forbidden things makes her feel alive. Lost in her own mania, she abandons Anna and runs away from home.

In reversed roles, Anna constantly worries about her mother and tries to convince her to come home, wishing desperately that she could feel happy just being her mother. After many failed attempts, Anna feels angry and betrayed. She decides to take matters into her own hands, searching through her mother’s photos and negatives, solving the mysteries of her disappearance through her images. Her mother’s life is fascinating, and though not invited, she decides that she too wants to experience living on the edge.

Will her mother finally accept her if she is daring, too? Can she convince her mother to come back for good? Is she also meant to be an artist driven to harrowing heights for her work?

As Anna inches closer and closer to finding her mother, perhaps even becoming her mother, she seeks out Helene’s friends. She is introduced to Helene’s strange world, meeting people and going places she has only known through mother’s photos.

With Helene’s old camera around her neck, Anna tries desperately to see what her mother saw. She grows more and more daring, also putting herself in dangerous situations, causing major upheaval in her stable and safe life.

Though she tries with everything to ignore the glaring truth, eventually, she must face reality. She is not her mother’s daughter. It may be too late to save her mother, but through this search, can she save herself?


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A daughter's journey to find her mother leads her on a twisted, haunted and beautiful search, ending in the most poignant discovery of all; herself.
Director: Gail HARVEY

Produced by: Katie BOLAND, Maria DEL MAR, Gail HARVEY
Scriptwriter: Gail HARVEY
Key cast: Katie BOLAND, Maria DEL MAR, Linda HAMILTON

Distributed by Breakthrough Entertainment. For more information contact distribution@breakthroughentertainment.com.

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Made In Canada Review: Looking Is The Original Sin

Cast: Katie Boland, Maria del Mar, Jayne Eastwood
Director: Gail Harvey
Country: Canada
Genre: Drama

Editor’s Notes: Looking Is The Original Sin will have its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival on August 23th with an additional screening on August 24th.

Greatness can be a gift as well as a curse. To be truly great, one must invest oneself fully in their work, must give up a large part of their soul for what they do. Selfishness is a negative trait, but in many ways it is an inherent aspect of greatness. The annals of cinema are full to the brim of “great man” stories that focus on the triumphs and downplay the collateral damage left in the wake of titanic achievements. Looking Is The Original Sin is a rare gem then, distinct in two ways: This is a story of a “great woman” and one focused intently, almost exclusively on the damage that strive for excellence can cause. Based heavily on the life of Diane Arbus, the film follows Helene (Maria Del Mar), a photographer dealing with depression and instability, and her tumultuous relationship with her daughter Anna (Katie Boland, Gail Harvey’s real-life daughter), who also finds herself adrift. The two ruin each other even as they strive to save each other, and the film is smart about the compromises they make and the validity of their choices.

This is a story of a “great woman” and one focused intently, almost exclusively on the damage that strive for excellence can cause.

Northernstars.ca: Looking is the Original Sin Gets Montreal World Premiere

(August 13, 2013 - Toronto, Ontario)

Toronto-based photographer, director and screenwriter Gail Harvey will see her latest film Looking is the Original Sin, get a world premiere at the 2013 Montreal World Film Festival. Like many Canadians in the film biz, Harvey is a fully hyphenated filmmaker but one of her greatest accomplishments is that of mother. She has cast daughter Katie Boland before and this time the young actress joins a mainly Canadian cast for a feature based on the life of tragic “freak” photographer Diane Arbus.


2012, Colour & B/W, Canada, Focus on World Cinema (full length movies)

Director : Gail Harvey Screenwriter : Gail Harvey
Cinematographer : Peter Benison, Colin Hoult, Josh Fraiman, Gail Harvey
Editor : John Nicholls Cast : Maria Del Mar, Katie Boland, Kent Staines, Jayne Eastwood, Dewshane Williams
Music : Dillon Baldassero
Film production and Sales : Gail Harvey, Katie Boland, Maria Del Mar, 2325639 Ontario Inc., 57 Beech Ave., Toronto, Ontario, M4E 3H3 (Canada) gailharvey13@gmail.com Ventes/Sales: Breakthrough Entertainment Inc., 122 Sherbourne St., Toronto, Ontario, M5A 2R4, (Canada) mcordoni@breakthroughentertainment.com

Anna, 19, struggles to understand her artist mother, Helene. Anna and her mother are intensely close, but Helene is often depressed; the only thing she seems to live for is her art. Helene’s obsession with her photography drove Anna’s father away, and has taken Helene away from Anna since the day she was born. But photography is addictive to Helene and one morning Anna wakes up to find that her mother has moved out. Anna searches through Helene’s photos and negatives and eventually locates her living in an artists' co-op. The search leads Anna to some other discoveries, not least among them herself.