Directed by Wash West, starring Scott Gurney, Roxanne Day, Michael Cunio and Deborah Harry.

Despite the cute, cuddly implications of the word, a fluffer's work is far from innocuous. He/she has the handy task of 'warming up' actors in the adult entertainment industry before a shoot. The job is a fundamental cog in the wheel of pornography - a fact quickly learnt by aspiring filmmaker Sean (Michael Cunio).

A video store mix-up leads Sean to accidentally rent 'Citizen Cum', starring gay Porn idol Johnny Rebel (Scott Gurney), instead of the Orson Welles classic. He becomes obsessed with the beefy actor and tracks down the production company responsible for the films. When Sean scores a job as a cameraman he gets to meet his idol, who quickly takes him aside for extra work that’s probably not included in his job description.

Sean interprets his hero's attentions as attraction and is devastated to discover that Johnny is straight – 'gay-for-pay' in industry terms. Despite his bankability, Johnny squanders his earnings on drugs and quickly develops a problem.

Meanwhile Johnny's dancer girlfriend Babylon (Roxanne Day) - tired of his carousing and pregnant with his child turns to dance-club boss Marcella in desperation. Sadly, Deborah Harry does not feature enough as the big-hearted boss who helps her pay for an abortion and encourages her to leave Johnny.

Despite a mildly engaging plot, 'The Fluffer' is a film that never quite decides what it wants to be. It veers from satirical attack on the gay porn industry to unconventional comedy via gay bildungsroman. The film starts by broaching valid themes, such as the universal issues of obsession and unrequited love - if a little unconvincingly. This initial promise and hard-packing punch turns into flaccid guff that fails to answer the questions it raises.

While it merits more attention than the average low-budget gay film, 'The Fluffer' will leave most audiences unstimulated.

Sinéad Gleeson