John Greyson

1997, 90:00 minutes, colour, English


"...Peter (1), a typist obsessed with Pierre Trudeau, is hired by Peter (2), a grad student, to type his paper on circumcision. Shortly thereafter Peter (1) has a virtual flirtation with Peter (3), a video artist he meets in a bar, by tapping out the seductive text on imaginary keypads. The three Peters' paths intersect with increasing regularity, much to their peril. A female cop arrives with a warrant delivered in an operatic voice. Interspersed with the plight of our three heroes are intriguing interviews with artists who discuss the intricacies of copyright law as it relates to art, which often criminalizes rather than protects artists..."

Featuring musician John Oswald, writer/actor Linda Griffiths and artist A.A. Bronson of General Idea.

"Playfully bringing gay subtext to the foreground, Greyson has used the gay man's body as a forum wherein to debate issues of sexual identity and politics. His provocative revisionist history leads audiences to reexamine what may lurk behind the scenes for many a public figure. Continuing in the vein of his first feature 'Zero Patience', Greyson melds opera and political activism, melodrama and interviews, the bizarre and the mundane in 'Uncut'. His explorations in the marshland of culture and politics provide further context for our own interpretations of the world of art and artifice."

- Programme note by Helen du Toit for the Toronto International Film Festival catalogue 1997

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Critical Writing

Flowing in groups of four: show at Ed Video
by Unknown. Guelph Mercury, Nov. 21, 2002.
John Greyson's The Law of Enclosures
by Cynthia Amsden. Take One, Fall 2000, no. 29.
Vtape: FAQ & info
by Lissa Gibbs. The Independent, July 1999.
Inside Out/Outside In?
by Andrew James Paterson. Fuse, Spring 1998, v. 21, no. 2.
Clip Art
by Tralee Pearce. Capital City, Sept. 17, 1998, v. 1, no. 22.
Greyson cuts through culture of sampling
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, July 3, 1998.
Greyson's exuberantly eccentric film defies description
by Douglas Bell. The Globe and Mail, July 3, 1998.
More cheese, please: foreskins at the forefront of freedom
by Gordon Bowness. Xtra!, Sept. 18 Fall, 1998, no. 61.
Jon Greyson, an Uncut above: foreskins at the forefront of freedom
by Liam Lacey. The Globe and Mail, May 30, 1997.