Boys On Film 8: Cruel Brittania
UK, 2012, 150 minutes, SD
Boys On Film 8: Cruel Brittania Synopsis

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 S&M, 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.

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
"Nightswimming" is  interesting and quite unconventional! I'd say unconventional as a love triangle of sorts takes place in, of all places, a swimming facility, in the dead of the night.... more
"Nightswimming" is  interesting and quite unconventional! I'd say unconventional as a love triangle of sorts takes place in, of all places, a swimming facility, in the dead of the night.  The film gives viewers a peek of a young couple's  fickleness in terms of emotions and the uncertainty of their feelings for each one.  The watchman, the other person who becomes sort of the unwilling participant in this story of sorts,  seems to give  light in terms of the real essence of the relationship between the young couple.  Realizations were made and the last scene, that of the watchman skinny dippin' in the pool, seems like a fitting ending, as if  a sort of cleansing himself from last night's events. 
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Reviewed by sharonmae
Compelling and intense masterpieces! All About Brazil affected me for the simple reason that it confronted family issues head-on. A father's initial  reluctance and unacceptance of his son's sexuality and... more
Compelling and intense masterpieces! All About Brazil affected me for the simple reason that it confronted family issues head-on. A father's initial  reluctance and unacceptance of his son's sexuality and being gay was handled quite well by the father, played by Frank Gallagher who was extraordinary in his portrayal of the role. Ian de Caestecker was nonetheless a revelation in this short film,  especially during that part where he acted out a concert star's performance. Impressive soundtrack, do check out this film, folks!
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  • these short films all look interesting! got to watch this soon!

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  • these short films all look interesting! got to watch this soon!
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