A Complete History of My Sexual Failures

"A deliciously gratifying romp for every woman who's ever been wronged by a useless boyfriend." — Sundance Film Festival

Director: Chris Waitt
Year: 2008
Country: UK
Running time: 90 mins

Photography: Steven Mochrie
Editors: Chris Dickens, Mark Atkins
DigiBeta/R16 offensive language, sexual material, content that may offend

With: Chris Waitt, Hilary Waitt, Vicki, Julia, Dawn, Danielle, Za, Olivia, Lucy, Janet, Charlie, Ziggie, Mistress Maisie

Festivals: Sundance, Edinburgh 2008

A self-confessed loser in love tracks down his numerous exes for interviews in this comedic documentary of humiliation and haplessness. London-based filmmaker Chris Waitt has been dumped by every girl he‘s ever dated (and he‘s dated close to 20). The last one ditched him with no explanation after only three weeks, but others have dumped him by phone, email, text and even by book - one ex wrote a novel, dedicated to him, featuring an appalling "boyfriend" character who is brutally murdered. Heartbroken, dejected, and completely miffed, Waitt devises a documentary odyssey to track down his exes and ask them, face-to-face, why he‘s forever being dumped. In encounters that range from livid to indifferent, amused and appalled, the answers come back in missiles: he‘s messy, he‘s always late, he‘s a slacker, he‘s terminally self-absorbed. His conclusion: clearly they‘re all crazy. An attempt to jump start his love life via the Internet turns up a worrying performance issue, for which Waitt devises a drastic cure involving Viagra and a merciless dominatrix he hooks up with on MySpace.

Is Waitt‘s film a cleverly scripted work of fiction or the most self-flagellating confessional ever committed to celluloid? The jury remains out. When he reaches the girl who was the love of his life, contrivance gives way to bursts of spontaneous, distressing emotion no actor can fake. And in scenes where Waitt is, um, exposed, there‘s no pixellating of pickles, à la Borat. By the end of this hilarious and hair-raising documentary, Waitt has made such a complete (though endearing) ass of himself that issues of authenticity cease to matter. — BZ

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