Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.
– The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
Autumn was filled with diversely romantic and challenging film roles for CJ McGillivray. Each experience cultivated a stronger appreciation for the comedic value and dramatics of unrequited love.
The film Timeless Beauty was a curious exploration of both romance and rejection. The dramatic short was directed by Brittanie Thompson and explores the fleeting love of a stranger and a warm embrace. This marked one of the more challenging roles for CJ McGillivray through her portrayal of a woman who operates without sympathy. Her motives are selfish and her conscience is absent when stealing the lover of another woman. The film was shot on location at Capilano University in association with the department of Motion Picture Arts.
Over at the Langara film department an opposite story was explored through subtlety and quiet recollection. The film Argentum is a contemporary coming of age romance directed by local talent Alecia Maslechko. CJ McGillivray portrays the sweet but introverted Freja alongside Kylee Dawson as her exuberant roommate Esper. The story is one of heartbreak and discomfort after an awkward first kiss that leads to confusion between friends.
But no exploration of romance would be complete without some tragedy and Memories of Maria fit the bill perfectly, directed by Ellie Linnell. CJ performed in the title role opposite Rory Knowler as her pained lover Gerard. After a sudden and unexpected death, her lover falls into a deep depression and Maria fades into nothing more than a beautiful archetype within his memory. The story is poignant and endearing through the pain.