Director Philip Alderton’s “Young, Sexy & Dead” - A mock doc on greed in the fashion world - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Thursday, February 1, 2024

Director Philip Alderton’s “Young, Sexy & Dead” - A mock doc on greed in the fashion world


Director Philip Alderton’s “Young, Sexy & Dead” dived head first into the dark, murky waters of corporate greed and exploitation with satire to look at the fashion world and how they treat their models. In this backdrop, the film explores the lengths to which individuals will go in pursuit of wealth and success, often at the expense of others' well-being.

Presented in a mockumentary style, the comedy introduces us to Cynthia (Ivy Levan), a young model on the brink of stardom, and the documentary crew led by Peter (Nicholas Irons), eager to capture the next sensational story. When Cynthia tragically succumbs to the pressures of the industry, the crew's moral compasses are tested as they grapple with the decision to continue filming. They do keep filming despite her being dead. Get it? The like that she's dead but as one character screams:  "Can't she be sexy dead?"

As the absurdity unfolds, with the crew scrambling to salvage their project, “Young, Sexy & Dead” offers a scathing commentary on the shallow and exploitative nature of the fashion world. However, despite its campy charm, the film falls short of delivering genuine laughs, with its attempts at humor often feeling forced and contrived.

While Alderton’s film may miss the mark in eliciting uproarious laughter, it nonetheless serves as a thought-provoking exploration of the dark underbelly of capitalism and the commodification of human lives in pursuit of profit and fame.

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