An incredible story that is hard not to be moved by, Love, Scott is a raw look into the life of Scott Jones who was attacked because of his sexual orientation and consequently was paralysed from the waist down.
Laura Marie Wayne constructs a unique documentary, with many experimental and beautiful looking visual effects and cinematography. This is combined with a score by Sigur Rós that, is never intruding, matches the tone of the film perfectly makes for an remarkable experience. Split into three distinct chapters and filmed over three years by his best friend, it is staggering how honest, open and emotional Scott is on camera, baring all and not holding back.
During the film he alternates between a fear of lonely future and a drive to push through the trauma and live a happy life. At one point he decides to go to where the attack happened, and it is clear his emotions are mixed.
It soon becomes obvious that music is a huge part of his life, as when asked what he missed most without the use of his legs, his answer was the pedals on a piano. Unable to play the instrument he loved, he continues to play music by singing with his friend and, more importantly becoming a conductor, resulting in some truly amazing music.
This is not simply a documentary about a gay man who was attacked. It is a poetic portrait of a courageous man who is taking back control of his life. Anyone who is not moved by this film must not have a heart.
Friday May 25, 5 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox
This review was originally published as part of our Hot Docs 2018 coverage. Love, Scott will be playing Inside Out this week.