"Outrageous yet serious...Rich and evocative...Inspired tour de force..." Kevin Thomas, LOS ANGELES TIMES.
"Hilarious screwball erotica." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Nothing short of stunning." VARIETY
"It expands the possibilities of cinema." LA NEW TIMES
THE SADNESS OF SEX is a poignant comedy about love; the cycle of passion, romance, laughter, and seemingly inevitable, heart wrenching break-up.
Based on the book by Barry Yourgrau, it is the hilarious and outrageous journey of a hopeless romantic along a stream of consciousness; the soulful search for understanding and love. Interweaving dream logic with everyday reality, it dives headfirst into the craziness and contradictions of sexual relations between men and women.
Starring Peta Wilson ("La Femme Nikita") the film has an outstanding soundtrack from Stewart Copeland, Cowboy Junkies, Anne Dudley of The Art of Noise and Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo, "Rugrats")
SADNESS opened the SLAMDANCE Film Festival in Park City on its was to playing festivals around the world and was theatrically released in Los Angeles and New York in 1997.
Wainwright then broke the film down into its component scenes and serialized it on the Web on Ifilm.com – one of the most successful repurposing and launchings of a feature film ever, gaining it Special Recognition at the very first Yahoo Online Film Festival.