"Sirena Irwin’s “Whacked,” [is] an amusing, imaginatively crafted little slice o’ sleaze." -FilmThreat.com

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Recent WHACKED screenings:
Silver Lake Film Festival, September 2002
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, August 2002
1st Annual Manchester Film Festival, June 2002

FilmThreat.com and thefilmqueen.com each give WHACKED 4 stars & the Desert Sun gives it a Thumbs Up!!! Scroll down to read the reviews.

from The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CA (August 8, 2002)
by Bruce Fessier

"Thumbs up…[Whacked] is an original idea that shows Irwin knows how to tell a story through pictures. "

from FilmThreat.com (January 8, 2002)
by Bob Westal
2001, Un-rated, 12min, A Rocky Stewart Production

Most feminists believe that strip shows, massage parlors and the like demean women. "Sex positive" feminists, however, disagree. They hold that female "sex workers" often wield considerable power over the men who pay them.

Regardless, it seems clear to me that in all sorts of situations - sexual and otherwise - just who is being exploited and who's doing the exploiting can be difficult to figure. That's pretty much the point of Sirena Irwin's "Whacked," an amusing, imaginatively crafted little slice o' sleaze.

"Whacked" opens in what may be a brothel bedroom. Jim (Ian Gregory) looks every bit the oily, middle-aged sleazoid businessman, while the sexy young Ruth (writer/director Irwin), waits for her instructions. Ruth insistently offers herself as the recipient of a little light S&M-style spanking, but Jim seems to want only to talk about emotions. Before the tête-à-tête is over, there'll be more than a role reversal or two. And, oh, yes, buttocks will be struck repeatedly.

Though there may not appear to be all that much going on here other than "whacking," there's nothing masturbatory about Sirena Irwin's film. Ms. Irwin has told this story in a lively, imaginative way that's part David Lynch, part soap opera and part "Rocky and Bullwinkle." Details, such as the mostly orange and red boudoir, an opening which hilariously demonstrates many different types of whacking and a nifty soundtrack keep "Whacked" happily watchable throughout.

from www.thefilmqueen.com (September 20, 2002)

4 Stars!!!! Sirena Irwin's first short film (and hopefully not her last!) is a non-stop treat of eye-popping visuals, candy-store colors, and subversive humor. Punctuated by Hanna-Barbera style sound effects and a funky score, the film takes us on the twisted journey of a bubblegum-pink-clad dominatrix (Irwin) and her client (Ian Gregory) or is it the other way around? Unlike many of the "short film" genre, the film encompasses a full-arc for both characters and a credits sequence that's not only inspired but introduces us to a host of characters - each seemingly worthy of their own short film!

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