BOYS ON FILM 15: TIME & TIED brings you 9 British gay shorts showcasing talent from across the UK.
PUTTING ON THE DISH – Directed by Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston | UK | 6 mins
London, 1962. Two strangers strike up a conversation on a park bench about life, sex and the hostile world they find themselves in as gay men. The conversation might be commonplace, but the language isn’t, because the two men are speaking in Polari. Polari was a form of slang spoken by some gay men in Britain prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. Used primarily as a coded way for them to discuss their experiences, it quickly fell out of use in the 1970s.
CLOSETS – Directed by Lloyd Eyre-Morgan | UK | 18 mins
A tormented 16 year old Henry who, on 12 March 1986, time travels through his bedroom closet and meets up with a similar present day teenager, Ben, occupying his same bedroom 30 years later. Ben and Henry’s developing friendship highlights past and present-day issues facing young gay teenagers offering each other support and optimism for the future.
NIGHTSTAND – Directed by Charlier Parham | UK | 26 mins
NIGHTSTAND stages the destructive relationship between two men over three consecutive nights – one is gay, lost and adolescent, the other is married to a woman and middle-aged. The cathartic and tender savaging of their affair unravel uniquely in the most under-represented corners of London nightlife.
SAUNA THE DEAD – Directed by Tom Frederic | UK | 20 mins
SAUNA THE DEAD – A FAIRY TALE is inspired by mean guys on Grindr and the idea of the sauna as its own little world. Fusing a love of 80s fantasy adventure movies, Disney and zombies, first-time writer/director Tom Frederic presents a genre-hopping modern day fairy tale exploring how the way we treat each other creates the worlds we live in.
G’OCLOCK – Directed by Mitchell Marion | UK | 11 mins
G O’Clock is the ground breaking new short film about the unseen world of house music, muscles, drugs and sex. This is London’s booming chemsex scene. After being called out to an emergency, a gay paramedic named Alex saves the life of a young boy who has overdosed on GHB. He then arrives at a chillout and meets Nik, a sexy young Spanish boy who he takes under his wing. Alex is about to learn that arrogance can be just as dangerous as naiveté.
TROUSER BAR – Directed by Kristen Bjorn | UK | 18 mins
Set in a London gentlemen’s outfitters c. 1976, the film takes its inspiration from the emotions aroused by a fetishistic love of corduroy, leather and tight trousers. Two men enter Sir John’s Trouser Bar, little do they know the sexual adventure that awaits them inside. With cameos including Barry Cryer, Julian Clary, Miss Hope Springs, Nigel Havers and some other strangely familiar faces.