BOYS ON FILM 8: CRUEL BRITANNIA
From the cliffs of the Isle of Wight to an abandoned swimming pool via a broken down lift in Lambeth, Peccadillo Pictures presents an eclectic mix of ten UK-set short films from scorching new British talent that depict LGBT characters in situations both funny and heart-rending, definitive and unique.
All Over Brazil – Dir. David Ward – 10mins
It’s the summer of 1974 and Scotland face Yugoslavia in the group stage of the football World Cup. But Stephen (Iain de Caestecker) seems more interested in the world of Glam Rock than football…
Nightswimming – Dir. Dominic Leclerc – 14mins
Runaways Luke (Harry Eden) and Ellen are caught breaking into a swimming facility as they only want a warm place to sleep. The watchman lets them stay on the proviso that they don’t break anything, and so begins an emotionally charged situation between the trio.
I Don t Care – Dir. Harry Wootliff – 25mins
In the tumbleweed coastal retirement community of Porthpunnet, Luka (Iwan Rheon) cares for his bedridden mother. One day he meets Dan, a young man who lives in a camper van and shares his interest in art. Initially he sees Dan as a kindred spirit until Dan proves to be gay.
Spring – Dir.Hong Khaou – 13mins
A young man meets a stranger to indulge in a secret bout of SM, an experience that will change his life forever.
The Chef s Letter – Dir. Sybil Mair – 14mins
In the early morning hours, a chef (Jonathan Firth) struggles to write the letter that could overturn his ordered life. Entering his kitchen, he struggles to make a beeline for his sous-chef (Layke Anderson).
We Once Were Tide – Dir. Jason Bradbury – 18mins
On the windswept southern coast of the Isle of Wight, Anthony, torn between his boyfriend and dependent mother, must realise that to love something is to give it away.
What You Looking At? – Dir. Faryal – 10mins
Two very different people in the London borough of Lambeth – a drag queen (Michael Twaits) and a woman in a burka. Only in a lift would they ever cross each another s path. But these two have more in common than they first thought.
Man and Boy – Dir. David Leon, Marcus McSweeney – 19mins
A man (Eddie Marsan) invites a boy into his flat and offers to take pictures of him. To most this would seem suspicious in the extreme, to the few it is an innocent offer of friendship. Which way do you see it?
Diana – Dir. Aleem Kahn – 11mins
On the day after the Princess of Wales death Mohit, an Indian pre-op transsexual, goes on an emotional journey set against the backdrop of a day that shocked a nation.
Downing – Dir. Ben Peters – 16mins
Amidst a vibrant house party, John, the isolated local gay lad, finds an opportunity to exact revenge on his straight oppressor, the popular and handsome Daniel. Boy kisses boy, drinking, f***ing and regret: just another teenage party.