I’m gonna be on TV!

I’ve got to catch a plane in a couple hours, but I just have to post a link to this press release for a documentary called The Big V, which will be airing on Vision TV in Canada on Wednesday, May 18. It’s about virginity, and I was brought in as the “pop culture expert” who, if everything was edited together the way I was told it would be, is revealed at the end to be a virgin himself.

The producers first contacted me after they saw an article I wrote on 40 Days and 40 Nights, Crossroads and other sex- and virginity-themed films in the Vancouver Sun three years ago (it was based in part on an article I wrote on page 7 of The Ubyssey‘s annual sex issue ten years ago, and it morphed into this article for Books & Culture); that was before my wife and I had even heard of each other. And they filmed my interview in July of last year; that was before my wife and I were officially engaged.

So, I am curious to see how my oh-so-inexperienced statements about sex and celibacy have been incorporated into this film. All I can say is I’m glad they didn’t broadcast this until after the wedding, which took place almost two months ago; I would have hated it if anything I had said in this film had been spliced into any of the slideshows, etc.!

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • Matt Page

    Man that would have been embarrassing.

    Superstardom at last eh?


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    Something like that. Maybe I’ll finally get an IMDB page! :)

    FWIW, the wife and I watched the DVD a couple nights ago and found it interesting and amusing. Boy oh boy, I remember saying a lot more than what ended up in the film — a lot of personal stuff in addition to the pop-culture stuff — but very little of the personal stuff has remained in the film; I am there mainly as the pop-culture guy.

    On the other hand, I believe I get the first and last words in this film, too (although you only hear me, you don’t see me, in the opening scene, where my voice plays over footage of an old black-and-white flick). And I am kind of interwoven between the various personal anecdotes, which are briefer and more self-contained. So that’s nice. :)