Director, scriptwriter. Ottawa bred, London-trained and -based Bartlett is known chiefly for his accomplished debut feature Eisenstein (2002, 96), a German-Canadian co-production biopic of the queer Soviet film pioneer. Shot with bright and Brechtian epochal flair on location in Russia, Eisenstein is irreverently camp and deadly serious about the historical betrayal of Bolshevik ideals, aesthetics and revolutionary desire. It may be the second Canadian feature to depict the queer Soviet director (after Greyson’s Urinal, 1998), but the first to show him astride phallic Mexican cactus, ripping the clothes off his beefy blond collaborator Alexandrov and fending off Daniel MacIvor as a Hollywood homophobe named Stalker.
Ottawa , ON