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Boys on Film 13: Trick and Treat presents 10 new award-winning short films with themes of love, desire and queerness.
The films include an American teen who desires over his school bully, the threat to a relationship of a miscommunication, a group of men trying to cheat death in a desolate English countryside at the end of the world, and a pair of swimming shorts on a young African man upon which an elderly woman sees a vision of Jesus.
Boygame (dir. Anna Nolskog (Sweden), 14mins, 2012) introduces us to best friends John and Nicolas. They’re nervous about sleeping with girls, so to avoid embarrassment they decide to practise first – on each other.
Remission (dir. Christopher Brown (UK), 18 mins, 2013) explores the horrific decision two young men are forced to make after their behaviour in an overgrown English countryside – where they seek to escape a deadly virus – in order to escape a spreading apocalypse.
Caged (dir. Lazlo and Dylan Tonk (Netherlands), 13 mins, 2014) sees David and Neils spending most of their time working out together on the local sports ground. Their gang of friends has been harassing a local boy for being gay – but when Neil reveals an explosive secret, both of their lives will change forever.
Middle Man (dir. Charlie Francis (UK), 4 mins, 2014) has Nathan trying to get in touch with his hearing impaired boyfriend through a type-to-talk service following a misunderstanding.
Vis-a-Vis (dir. Dan Connolly (Australia), 16mins, 2013) plays on the word ‘visa’. When a government official comes to inspect Richard and Martin’s relationship for visa approval, it’s clear that all is not as it seems. The two men will stop at nothing to hide their true identity with hilarious consequences.
A Last Farewell (dir. Casper Andreas (Sweden), 12mins, 2013) looks at an ageing author’s sorrow over the death of his long-term partner. Haunted by visions of his late husband, and in conflict with his daughter who is trying to renew the ties between them, he has to find a way to move on and find peace.
Mirrors (dir. Neil Ely (UK), 11mins, 2014) is set in the toilet of a Manchester nightclub. There, two young men (Shameless’ Jody Latham and Skins’ Liam Boyle) catch each other’s eye. As they reveal their feelings to one another, they find that their lives mirror each other in more ways than one. The only thing left to do is face the person staring back at them.
Followers (dir. Tim Marshall (UK/Australia), 8mins, 2014) is about an elderly woman who sees a vision of Jesus on the swimming trunks of a young African man at her class. She soon befriends him, believing it to be a sign from God to free her of her loneliness.
Kissing Drew (dir. Philip J. Connell (Canada), 8 mins, 2013) is set on a dreary school day in 1992. ‘Cool kid’ Drew is James’ sexual fantasy, but Drew is also James’ bully. In a single moment, James faces off against both Drew the bully and Drew the fantasy, in an attempt to reclaim his dignity.
Surprise (dir. Leslie Bumgarner (Canada), 9 mins, 2015) sees Jack forced to confess to his mother after misbehaving at school. However, the solution to his ‘problem’ is not like anything he could have imagined.
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