Cinema One Originals has announced that it’s making its 2007 found-footage-cum-mockumentary political thriller, Confessional available to stream for free on YouTube.
This is an interesting move. It follows the channel’s recent decision to stream That Thing Called Tadhana, arguably the festival’s greatest commercial success. According to the press release sent to us by ABS-CBN, the full film will premiere on the Cinema One YouTube Channel today, March 28, 2019, at 8:00 PM Philippine Time.
One of the greatest films in Cinema One’s roster, Confessional has been the “poster film” for the festival. It represented the kind of risque, brave, and unconventional filmmaking that the festival wanted to forward. In fact, the shot that preceded every Cinema One Original film for years was from the film.
Confessional is written and directed by Jerrold Tarog, whom you might know from such historical epics as Heneral Luna and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral. The film follows “filmmaker Ryan Pastor (played by Tarog) who meets former mayor Lito Caliso while on his way to Cebu to document the Sinulog Festival. Lito then confesses—in front of Ryan’s camera—all the crimes he committed while in office.” The film kicked off the Camera Trilogy, which is completed by Mangatyanan and Sana Dati.