78 minutes – Comedy
Festival release date: May 22, 2004 (Inside Out Festival, Toronto)
Release date: June 24, 2004
Production company: On The Stroll Productions
Based on several short stories by acclaimed writer and filmmaker Bruce LaBruce, Sugar follows a journey made by Cliff, a restless suburban teen, who is about to turn 18. Tired of his life in the ‘burbs, he takes the subway downtown armed with a token, his skateboard and a joint. And so the trip begins. On his way downtown Cliff meets and is instantly attracted to Butch, a street hustler. Introduced to downtown living, Cliff gets to meet characters like Stanley, a man who enjoys “interesting activities” with young hustlers, and a pregnant drug dealer played by Sarah Polley. Cliff gets a quick lesson in the world of drugs, boozecans and sex. In return, Cliff introduces Butch to his world, which includes his mom, the always liberal Madge, and his sister, Cookie, who despite being only 12 becomes fascinated by Butch and would love to see him begin a relationship with her brother. The two boys develop a friendship that slowly turns into a romance, but the notion of intimacy is foreign to both of them.