Directed by: Matthew J Rowney
It is probably fair to say that you haven’t really experienced life to its full potential if you haven’t entered the land of vice, bodily temptations and chemical intoxication – Ibiza. It has really grown to become a hub for bored Europeans (and not only), who dump the tranquility of their day jobs and swap them for bikinis, glow necklaces, drugs and over-priced beverages.
After visiting Ibiza, you don’t normally write books, write cautionary articles or create a day-to-day podcast, depicting your everyday experience. Ibiza is hardly a place generating any sort of inspiration – it is too embarrassing to dwell on things you get exposed to daily (and that’s if you have any recollection); one-night stands are not even worth mentioning to your friends as there will definitely be no numbers saved on your phone acting like a as some sort of signifiers of a promising relationship. Everything just gets swept under the rug like nothing has ever happened.
And this is why Kat Ronson’s short film-drama IBZ is a lot more than one 18-year old girl’s ramblings about her days of A-class drugs and promiscuity. IBZ is a an amusingly aggrieved monologue that unambiguously documents all the pain and emptiness that comes, unfortunately, as a side-effect after the booze, and the drugs wear off. After all this time of conscience-stricken silence we needed someone to step out and turn on the light switch on the true story buried between the phone pictures and blurry videos.
And Kat is not afraid to put herself in a vulnerable position; moreover, she deftly mixes tragedy with comedy as a healthy way of dealing with the repercussions of unrequited love and drugs, peppering it with an outstanding comical self-deprecation. We see how she gets fooled by her own expectations of a healthy loving relationship that flourishes only through the physical pleasure. This deceit leads to her de-constructing her life piece by piece, reconciling with the fact that whatever happening with her at the moment is just an irregularly shaped drug-infused misconception of reality.
She delves deep into her reflections on life, relationships, family and moral self-positioning, drawing out how these things are inextricably linked. The film seems more of a precious chunk of bitter memories, which is designed as a more of a means to retrace her steps to see where things went wrong. IBZ is Kat’s way to self-recuperation – a way to reconcile with your old self and move on.
Featuring some brilliant laugh-out-loud bathroom scenes, and a banging soundtrack made in collaboration with Alexandra Milne, Kat Ronson takes something that no one wants to talk about and shamelessly throws it into people’s faces. Let’s talk Ibiza, she says. Well, why the hell not?
Thank you Kat for inviting us to a great premiere event at the Soho hotel and supplying with a super useful goodie bag. We wish you all the best of luck presenting the film at the Cannes Film Festival!