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Man in an Orange Shirt
a good old-fashioned love story that wonderfully tells of changing times.
2017 | 2 x 60 mins | UK
posted 17.September.2017.
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Gareth Thomas v Homophobia: Hate in the Beautiful Game
a personal quest to eliminate homophobia within Professional Football.
2017 | 59 mins | UK
posted 11.September.2017.
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Queers
eight short monologues written in response
to the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act.
2017 | 8 x 20 mins | UK
posted 19.August.2017.
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Is It Safe to Be Gay in the UK?
the graphic reality that homophobia is still alive and literally kicking.
2017 | 59 mins | UK
posted 5.August.2017.
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Against the Law
a moving account of the trial of Peter Wildeblood and its legal repercussions.
2017 | 85 mins | UK
posted 30.July.2017.
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Esteros - Estuaries
childhood friends rekindle feelings long thought forgotten.
2016 | 83 mins | Argentina
posted 25.July.2017.
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Fathers
the emotional ups and downs of gay parents raising a child.
2016 | 96 mins | Thailand
posted 15.July.2017.
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Good Morning
exploring a thirteen year age gap to sexual identity.
2014 | 10 mins | Canada
posted 9.July.2017.
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Anoraak: Figure - FreeView
a three-way relationship expressed in music and dance.
2017 | 5 mins | France - UK
posted 7.July.2017.
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Taekwondo
a sensuous tale of sexual awakening.
2016 | 105 mins | Argentina
posted 6.June.2017.
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Wonderkid - FreeView
a poignant short on coming out in the so-called beautiful game.
2016 | 31 mins | UK
posted 24.April.2017.
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Everybody Is Having Sex... But Ryan - FreeView
a gloriously gay-to-the-core piece about finding the one.
2009 | 14 mins | US
posted 17.April.2017.
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Closets
a gem of a sci-fi styled coming out short.
2015 | 18 mins | UK
posted 16.April.2017.
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Gorjetas / Tips - FreeView
a webcam boy goes that extra inch to generate tips.
2016 | 18 mins | Brazil
posted 21.March.2017.
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Sombrero - FreeView
a delightful comedy of errors; dating style.
2008 | 12 mins | US
posted 5.March.2017.
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Grinder
a cautionary tale on the ugly underbelly of the glamour industry.
2016 | 83 mins | US
posted 3.March.2017.
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Retake
a beautifully played drama about relationships past and present.
2016 | 98 mins | US
posted 23.January.2017.
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Remission
a strikingly dark post-apocalyptic look at the future.
2014 | 19 mins | UK
posted 1.January.2017.




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 back to top OUT ON FILM #4 / the latest collection of short film FreeViews and Reviews.
All of the below Short Film FreeViews are live as of going to press; subsequent changes and / or deletions may occur. Should you by chance come across any offline footage, kindly let me know either via the contact form, or at dave@gaycelluloid.com - thank you.

Dave says: be sure to check these short films out; freely available online for your enjoyment; some of which are wondrously good!
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Choreographed throughout with a series of expressive hand turns, this wonderfully creative short film focuses on how a "three-way relationship expands and contracts" as expressed in music and dance. After earning a dream move to a London Premier League club, Wonderkid should be on top of the world. Instead, he's faced with tackling the ultimate sporting taboo; namely coming out in the so-called beautiful game.
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When it comes to dating, aspiring dancer Ryan has the worst luck. Fortunately, or perhaps not as the case may prove, his best friend Dustin has a plan to find him his Mr Right in this sexy, camp and blatantly OTT comedy. Broke and in need of money fast, gay boy Mário has taken to earning tips; webcam style. Only when a robber interrupts the show demanding money, Mário decides to turn the situation to his financial advantage.
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James and Raymond meet for a blind date in a Mexican restaurant. As the two men learn more about each other their rocky date takes an unexpected turn toward the absurd, in this delightful comedy of errors. Julien and Pierre are both seventeen and in love with each other. Only life is not that easy, in this tender tale of boys in love that speaks of love and acceptance, against the backdrop of teenage suicides.
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Emanuel; a closeted rugby player, finds himself longing to leave social conformity behind and be his sexual self in an environment devoid of homophobia. Only could the life he yearns to live, lie just beyond the horizon? Before Tim died he was the number one of a close-knit boarding school gang. When the friends engage in a ritual one year after his death, a familiar game turns into a sadistic night as dark secrets are finally revealed.
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After a misunderstanding, Nathan tries to get in contact with his boyfriend through a type-to-talk service. Will the middle man be able to fix the situation, in events that are not always what they appear to be. Jason Gutierrez is the quintessential all-American guy. But as rumours spread that he's gay, Jason is forced to choose between forever living a sexual lie, or finally facing up to the man he is with honesty and pride.
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David and Niels spend most of their time working out together on the local sports ground. But their tight friendship is about to be thrown off balance by a secret Niels has been keeping. Whilst there's nothing overtly gay here, this short nonetheless simmers with homoeroticism, with writer and director Jean-Baptiste Becq all too happy to let his camera linger on the muscular torsos of his man-candy.
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On his first foray into London's thriving gay scene, newly single Adam meets Rocky; a mysterious drifter. The two instantly connect, but Rocky seems eager to reveal more of himself than Adam is prepared to discover. Both heartbreaking and powerful in equal measure, this deeply poignant short film paints a moving portrait of the last hours of lovers Aban + Khorshid, before being executed for their crime of loving each other.
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Gay boy Clark finds himself asked by his best friend Trevor to help him out in his pursuit of party girl Sarah, only to be secretly in love with the man himself.
What's a boy to do?
Desperately trying to come to terms with his sexuality, gay teenager Ruben finds his path to sexual acceptance complicated, as homophobic bullying brings him ever closer to the brink of suicide.
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In this dramatic short film, the subject of bullying among teenagers comes under the spotlight, as a high school student finds his declaration of love for another boy, leads to hostile reactions from his classmates. Can a hustler ever find true love? Well, that's the set-up here as a hot young hustler finds himself in uncharted waters when he spends the night with a client who's far from the "Johns" he's used to servicing.
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In this inventive and pleasingly whimsical comedy, a gay couple's ridiculous quest for a comfortable mattress transforms into a journey of acceptance and public openness with their sexuality. Mikael is a Dutch tourist new to Los Angeles, only to find himself losing his wallet and breaking his mobile in the same day. But could local boy Carlitos prove to be his guardian angel - and more?
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This achingly bittersweet story charts a pair of lovers last hours together, before one leaves the man he loves for the sake of social conformity, seemingly unable or perhaps unwilling to accept his true sexuality. This tells the unnerving story of an older man - think sex offender, who has an all too close encounter with a young man who turns up bleeding on his doorstep. But what exactly does the young man have on his mind?
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Gay teen Dani is a talented swimmer, only for his heart to lie in the direction of his teammate Jaime. Only when he plants a kiss on a surprised Jaime, is it the end of their friendship, or the start of something new? This rollercoaster ride of an adapted short presents a non-narrative story about twin brothers and the danger one of them puts everyone in by pursuing the sport of bodybuilding - by any means necessary.
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This is the story of a gay teen's blossoming sexuality as he becomes besotted with his older neighbour Chad, one that is heightened after he spies Chad in the bathroom measuring his manhood with a comb. Zach is a man overjoyed to see his male lover unexpectedly arrive at his door, only to then realize the gravity of the situation and of a heart emotionally torn between his wife and his clandestine lover.
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In an overtly homoerotic work, we come to witness a young man's sexual fixation with a local beach hunk, only for the teen to be not the sole person vying for the attention of the man, that day. This is the story of two boys in love, who opt to show their affection for each other in public by the simple, loving act of holding hands, only for one to have second thoughts about such a display of sexual openness.
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Crim; a successful basketball player and businessman is dependent on the endorsement deals that go with his hetero image, only to return home each night to the arms of his boyfriend and a stage set for a showdown. After spending a drunken night together, Jo, a photographer, is compelled to capture the truth beneath the exteriors of Sharpie gang members, Darren and Jason. But to what lengths will she go in the name of art?
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It's 1994 and there's no internet, so when closeted Jack Hoffman hears about a stash of gay porno hidden across town, he braves the bully infested streets in the hope of retrieving the mags; with the help of a stranger. Oli; a gifted violinist plucks the strings to come into contact with bad boy Jan; a man whose career aspirations have fallen by the wayside of a life, only to let the mask of heterosexuality drop for a brief moment.
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Walter is a young man infatuated with his sister's boyfriend; a teenager crush that is set to take a new direction when he overhears his sister remark that seductive Platero would "bang anything." But will he? Men are as diverse as the colours of the metro lines in cities, witness to so many stories that are born, die and take place on ground level. Trains that pass by, trains that stop, continue and trains that don't arrive.
 back to top OUT ON FILM #1 / the first in the series of Short Film FreeView compilations.
click for FreeView a short film by Reid Waterer
2009 | 23 mins | US
 ›› YOU CAN'T CURRY LOVE / FreeView.
Synopsis: When Vikas is sent to their Indian office, he finds himself greeted by a hotel receptionist who is more than happy to show him the sights and not just the tourist destinations. Only with his business trip, now turned holiday romance drawing to a close, Vikas must decide whether to return home to his closeted boss Thom, or stay in India with the man of his Bollywood dreams?
click for FreeView a short film by Xavier Gens and Marius Vale
2009 | 8 mins | France
 ›› LES INCROYABLES AVENTURES DE FUSION MAN / FreeView.
Synopsis: Longing for some time alone with his boyfriend Dan, cutie Marc’s plans for a cosy night in are cast to the wind when the services of his closeted partner aka superhero Fusion Man are called into action. Only with a female reporter having the hots for him, let alone the psychopath Wako threatening to reveal his true identity to the world, can the ultimate gay superhero save the day?
click for FreeView a short film by Kareem J Mortimer
2007 | 34 mins | Bahamas
 ›› FLOAT / FreeView.
Synopsis: Jonny; a failing art student subjected to regular homophobic taunts, finds himself forced to seek artistic inspiration on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera. Between sand, sea and painting however, he takes a-liking to local boy Romeo; namely a man who becomes torn between his love for Jonny and his girlfriend Lonette, in this short that became the celebrated feature Children of God.
click for FreeView a short film by Anna Rodgers and Aoife Kelleher
2011 | 4 mins | Ireland
 ›› STAND UP / FreeView.
Synopsis: Delivering a compelling message, this simple, but effective short tells the story of two Irish lads, gay by nature, only for one to be forever living in dread of being seen with his boyfriend, even holding hands. And sure enough, it isn't long before their tender touch is witnessed. Only as homophobic taunts abound, could an outstretched hand of compassion equally be found?
click for FreeView a short film by Barry Dignam
1999 | 8 mins | Ireland
 ›› DREAM KITCHEN / FreeView.
Synopsis: In this mock Shakespearean tongue-in-cheek work, reality merges with fantasy, as a young Irish lad tries to come out to his family, only to succeed in his imagination. And if you're going to dream of coming out to your parents, then your fantasy is going to be one of acceptance, only for the word itself to be replaced with celebration, as a proud family come to embrace their gay golden child.
click for FreeView a short film by Nicholas Lam
2008 | 21 mins | US
 ›› REAL FICTION / FreeView.
Synopsis: Aspiring writer Zach is as much in love with his boyfriend, as he is with the thought of penning the next international bestseller. Trouble is, nobody is interested in his manuscript, until a high powered literary agent reminds him of the old casting couch line that to get ahead - well, you know the rest. Only is he prepared to let man of means Damien sample his charms for the night?
click for FreeView a short film by Johan Vancauwenbergh
2009 | 8 mins | Belgium
 ›› BLESSURE - FAIR PLAY / FreeView.
Synopsis: Marie and Steven are a young and happy couple. Or so it would appear. Only when Tom, a cutie from Steven's football team turns up on Marie's doorstop to return his sports bag, does Marie really know her husband as much as she thought she did, in this well played short charting the more than familiar ground of a loving wife unaware of her husband's true sexual orientation.
click for FreeView a short film by Bill Taylor
2010 | 11 mins | Canada
 ›› THE YOUNG PRIME MINISTER / FreeView.
Synopsis: Wonderfully capturing the innocence of youth, here writer and director Bill Taylor showcases a short film that seen through the eyes of a child, is gloriously blind to the stereotypical colour codes of gender. Given eight-year-old Luke and aspiring politician to be, has a-liking for a pair of pink trainers. Only is a colour just a colour?
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2008 | 10 mins | US
 ›› AFFINITY / FreeView.
Synopsis: Far more complicated issue that your standard "cheating boyfriend" scenario, here the issue of bisexuality as a sexuality in itself, takes centre stage. In doing so, this Miami University piece opens up a can of Kinsey scale worms and in particular the concept of whether you can emotionally and physically connect with two people, of differing sexualities, at the same time?
click for FreeView a short film by Gregor Schmidinger
2008 | 14 mins | US
 ›› THE BOY NEXT DOOR / FreeView.
Synopsis: Mark, a 25-year-old male prostitute who suffers from anxiety attacks, runs into the 10-year-old son of one of his clients. When the boy tells him he is looking for his father, Mark wants nothing to do with him. But while they wait for the client to return, Mark realizes that maybe this unexpected guest was exactly what he needed, in this tender and touching debut from Gregor Schmidinger.
click for FreeView a short film by Joshua Smith
2010 | 11 mins | US
 ›› BROOKTON HOLLOW / FreeView.
Synopsis: Kyle lives with his father live on a small farm. They have only one animal; a cow named Willis, who Kyle shares his thoughts and dreams with. One morning, Kyle's father announces that he will have to kill the cow. That night, Kyle is awakened by the sound of Willis' cowbell. Curious, he follows the sound where he finds a naked boy whistling at him, in this sweet and lush gay fairytale.
click for FreeView a short film by Elliot London
2010 | 11 mins | US
 ›› 306 / FreeView.
Synopsis: Wonderfully exemplifying the art of silent storytelling, here we find Elliot London detail the life of Eric; a college student who seemingly has it all; the looks, the intellect and the love of his long-term companion. Only as the trust and betrayal narrative turns the tables on a day in the life of this seemingly normal student, the question beckons - just how well do you know your partner?
click for FreeView a short film by Nathan Evans
2005 | 3 mins | UK
 ›› ROCK 'N' ROLL SUICIDE / FreeView.
Synopsis: For just as time takes a cigarette, a lonely puppet wanders around London dressed in '70s style glitz with six-inch heels to match, desperately searching for someone or something. Not to worry though, for as the day breaks you'll find this is all part of Nathan Evans' puppet promo of the classic Bowie recording. Oh, no, no, no - you're a rock 'n' roll suicide.
click for FreeView a short film by Rodolphe Marconi
2009 | 7 mins | France
 ›› BASKET ET MATHS - BASKETBALL AND MATHEMATICS / FreeView.
Synopsis: What’s a gay boy to do when he’s fallen in love with Cédric, his officially straight best friend? Only life is to get a lot more complicated when the object of Jérôme’s affection seemingly cannot decide which team to bat for, kissing him gay style during their time spent revising maths together, only to rebuke him when lessons switch to basketball. Basket et Maths ... which does he prefer?
click for FreeView a short film by Bruno Collins
2011 | 15 mins | UK
 ›› THE MORNING AFTER / FreeView.
Synopsis: Have you ever woken up with a man in your bed and wondered - just how did he get there? Well, that's the situation that all-round cutie Harry finds himself in, the morning after, the night before. Trouble is, Harry is straight. Or at least he thought he was. Only with his newfound gay friend Thom just a text away, can Harry truly resist the seductive temptation of manflesh?

The profound short film that is the FreeView - Homophobia.

The profound short film that is the FreeView - Homophobia.

 back to top OUT ON FILM #2 / the second in the series of Short Film FreeView compilations.
click for FreeView a short film by Gregor Schmidinger
2012 | 23 mins | Austria
 ›› HOMOPHOBIA / FreeView.
Synopsis: Isolated from his friends and family, Michael, a soldier in the Austrian military has come to develop homosexual feelings for his comrade Raphael. Only in Michael, Jürgen, the alpha male in the group, has found the perfect victim, delighting in his knowledge of Michael's secret, suppressed emotions and conflicts that are set to bubble up during their last night on patrol.
click for FreeView a short film by Bill Taylor
2008 | 13 mins | Canada
 ›› SILVER ROAD / FreeView.
Synopsis: This cinematic ode to a fond farewell tells the story of childhood friends Danny and Mark. Yet the two are about to go their separate ways, with Danny set to head off in search of the welcoming gay bars of Toronto, leaving Mark behind to care for the fields and girls that he loves so much. Neither has had sex, or seemingly a first kiss for that matter. Only is Danny about to change that?
click for FreeView a short film by Lee Matthews
2009 | 5 mins | Australia
 ›› HOUSEMATES / FreeView.
Synopsis: This short film from first time director Lee Matthews has a lovely natural feel to it, as it tells the story of Aashiq; an Australian born Muslim cutie is out to his best friend and 24/7 housemate Alyena, but forever in love with his boyfriend David. Only when a family engagement threatens to come between a weekend spent with his one true love, has Aashiq got the courage to say it like it is?
click for FreeView a short film by Pascal-Alex Vincent
2009 | 8 mins | France
 ›› EN COLO - AT SUMMER CAMP / FreeView.
Synopsis: Perfectly reflecting the raging hormones of adolescent youth, Summer Camp style, this delightful short tells the story of Maxime; an introverted youth who his friends are beginning to suspect could be gay, courtesy of a truth or dare boy-on-boy kiss with cutie Mathieu, that Maxime seemed to have enjoyed a shade too much. But that doesn’t mean he’s gay. Or does it?
click for FreeView a short film by Sébastien Gabriel
2009 | 9 mins | France
 ›› OMAR / FreeView.
Synopsis: Omar; a closeted young man seeks solace in his relationship with a local teen who’s regularly subjected to homophobic abuse, by way of the gang culture that surrounds them. Accidentally seen thereafter in a gentle embrace together, the wrath of sexual prejudice is soon to descend upon Omar, leaving him pondering whether to turn his back on his true sexuality, or the city itself.
click for FreeView a short film by Luis Fernando Midence
2010 | 10 mins | US
 ›› ONE ON ONE / FreeView.
Synopsis: Built on solid production values, this student work charms with the tender tale of a pair of gay lovers, only for one to be more at ease in expressing his sexuality out in the open, than the other. Not that this suits macho lover boy Trevor who views affectionate lip-service from his partner Alex in public, as a form of social statement. Only could a gentle waltz finally see him lower his guard?
click for FreeView a short film by Larry LaFond
2002 | 20 mins | US
 ›› GAYDAR / FreeView.
Synopsis: Beautifully played for laughs at every moment and complete with a mock Shirley Bassey styled theme, courtesy of vibrant actress / songstress Gwen Stewart, here we find two office workers fantasying about their sexy co-worker, only for gay boy Randy to become fixated on figuring out "which side of the street Jack hitches his pony," courtesy of a gaydar gun that well, says it, like it is.
click for FreeView a short film by Daniel Ribeiro
2010 | 17 mins | Brazil
 ›› I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK ALONE / FreeView.
Synopsis: This sweet 'n' tender variation on the coming-of-age theme, finds blind teenager Leo having to deal with the jealousy of his best friend for the new student in class, whilst coming to terms with his own feelings for new friend and perhaps more, Gabriel. The result is a charming short that beautifully defines how when it comes to falling in love, love is blind to the calling of your heart.
click for FreeView a short film by Glen Wood
2011 | 7 mins | Canada
 ›› IN THE LIGHT / FreeView.
Synopsis: Build upon a solid foundation of opposites and not just when the drunken acts of the night before, give way to the sober reality of daylight, here we find Glen Wood, alongside writer Danijel Margetic weave a seductive tale of two men waking up disoriented after a one-night stand. Now having been physically intimate, they are set to discover how to be emotionally honest with each other.
click for FreeView a short film by Benedict Campbell
2008 | 16 mins | US
 ›› LLOYD NECK / FreeView.
Synopsis: This achingly natural short beautifully charts the close bond between two friends, one clearly out to the world, only for the object of his affection to be in a sexual mess, with Taylor having now found himself at the crossroads of his sexuality. For what's a sister to do, when young Alex has a crush on her brother's friend Jesse, only for Jesse to have a-liking for Alex's brother Taylor.
click for FreeView a short film by Lasse Persson
2004 | 7 mins | Sweden
 ›› BIKINI / FreeView.
Synopsis: Cross-dressing fun and very silly, this animated tale takes the initial Brian Hyland worldwide hit as its basis. Only in doing so, it sprinkles it with queer dust and transforms it into the dreams of a boy who wants to feel like a girl on the beach, wearing that all important - Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.
click to read me a short film by Ellis Watamanuk
2012 | 12 mins | US
 ›› AFTER THE SKY TURNED BLACK / FreeView.
Synopsis: Detailing the physical and mental effects of a terrorist bomb on those who survive its bloody wrath, here we find writer and director Ellis Watamanuk tell the story of a photojournalist, blinded in an attack overseas and the young man who he takes home. Rightfully delivered in an unhurried pace and well shot and scored throughout, this is a moving work with an all too poignant narrative.
click for FreeView a short film by James Noel Hoban and Bobby Roger Poirier
2005 | 9 mins | US
 ›› RECRUITING / FreeView.
Synopsis: Would you care for a coffee? For that was what Mr Gay was doing, quietly passing the time of day in a coffee shop when he found himself the object of a recruitment campaign from a member of The Straight Corporation. You know the company, don't you? That highly successful organisation with representatives in every corner of the globe; that is, apart from a few streets in Chelsea!
click for FreeView a short film by Barry Dignam
2003 | 10 mins | Ireland
 ›› A FERRET CALLED MICKEY / FreeView.
Synopsis: Eight-year-old Paulie has a liking for pretend tea parties and dressing-up in his mother's high-heels, interests that his father is about to put an abrupt end to, by switching his son's love for all things effeminate, to the bloody sport of ferreting. Yet this ferret has a mind and a sharp pair of teeth all of his own and put it this way, it isn't long before pretend tea parties are back in!
click for FreeView a short film by Danielle Shami and Shimi Cohen
2012 | 2 mins | Israel
 ›› WAKING UP / FreeView.
Synopsis: Seldom do I review gay films as short, as this short film is. But this one is so beautiful and yet equally so poignant, that it deserves as wide an audience as possible. Only to say more would be a spoiler. Rather check it out, given it's meaning is all but obvious and not just to those who keep fighting for equal rights.

The multi-award winning short film that is the FreeView - James.

The multi-award winning short film that is the FreeView - James.

 back to top OUT ON FILM #3 / the third in the series of Short Film FreeView compilations.
click for FreeView a short film by Connor Clements
2008 | 17 mins | UK
 ›› JAMES / FreeView.
Synopsis: Clearly coming to terms with his sexuality and seemingly devoid of friends, lonesome James is in urgent need of being open to someone about his inner feelings. Only with warring fractions on the home front, who can he turn to; his compassionate literature tutor Mr Sutherland, or a cottaging stranger who may want more than just the odd word or two?
click for FreeView a short film by Kieran Galvin
2002 | 17 mins | Australia
 ›› CONTACT / FreeView.
Synopsis: This is the bittersweet story of Paul; a closeted man who still mourning the death of his partner Alex, opts to return home to his family in Queensland, an ill-advised decision, given the Alex they knew was nothing more than a friend of their son. Unable to share his grief with his family, he is seemingly alone in the homophobic surfing community of his birth. Or is he?
click for FreeView a short film by Timothy Smith
2005 | 8 mins | UK
 ›› ATTACK / FreeView.
Synopsis: This in-your-face work questions how one can at times form an opinion on something based solely upon appearance, without knowing the true facts involved. For here cue two police officers taking statements from a group of black youths, as the body of a white skinhead lies unconscious on the ground, the result of his apparent attempt to beat up two of the gang. Or so it would at first appear.
click for FreeView a short film by Patrick Sisam
2012 | 6 mins | Canada
 ›› THE POOL DATE / FreeView.
Synopsis: Wonderfully played without a single spoken word, well almost, this lush work is but a variation on a theme, namely the tale of two people from differing worlds forced to share the same space, as a young Canadian man on holiday in Rio de Janeiro finds himself having a surprising encounter around the hotel pool; a moment that is filled with desire, curiosity and acceptance.
click for FreeView a short film by Mark V Reyes
2005 | 18 mins | Philippines
 ›› LAST FULL SHOW / FreeView.
Synopsis: This is the story of Crispin; an affluent middle-class schoolboy whose burgeoning sexuality sees him take his first tentative steps, the gay friendly cinema way. Yet sex would appear to be the last thing on this boys' mind and for that matter the mind of working-class Gardo; a much older man who tired of the cruising game is soon to befriend the new kid in the stalls. Or is it?
click for FreeView a short film by Barry Dignam
2001 | 3 mins | Ireland
 ›› CHICKEN / FreeView.
Synopsis: Tired of throwing stones at empty beer cans, two Irish lads up the stakes to a game of chicken, namely stabbing the gaps between the fingers of your friend's outstretched hand with a sharp blade, along the way trying to avoid cutting his fingers or worse. Daring his friend to be man enough to take part, could it be that the two become more than just blood brothers?
click to read me a short film by Luis Fernando Midence and Daniel Dugan
2003 | 14 mins | US
 ›› MORE COFFEE / FreeView.
Synopsis: This well-executed short details the intertwined lives of a group of people over coffee, American diner style, the day after the night before. That the gay connection is courtesy of a father who with the support of his male lover, is nervously trying to re-connect with his estranged son, makes for a story in itself, in a work that revolves around life’s accidents that forever go unnoticed.
click for FreeView a short film by Michael Mayson
1991 | 27 mins | US
 ›› BILLY TURNER'S SECRET / FreeView.
Synopsis: This urban short from director and star Michael Mayson bravely shone the spotlight on homophobia within the African American community, at a time when few works of its like existed. Casting himself as Rufus; Mayson plays a man with such a hostile disposition to life, that it's wonder that he's got anyone willing to hang out with him. Only is he set to realise the error of his ways?
click for FreeView a film by Michael Van Devere
2008 | 76 mins | US
 ›› PERKINS 28 / FreeView.
Synopsis: In 1920, Harvard University convened a secret court to interview, charge and discipline students suspected of being homosexual. Thirty-seven men testified before the Court, including residents of Perkins Hall. After two weeks of testimony, eight Harvard men were forced to withdraw, one of whom committed suicide. These are the testimonies from the Secret Court Files of 1920.
click for FreeView a short film by Dean Francis
2005 | 8 mins | Australia
 ›› BOYS GRAMMAR / FreeView.
Synopsis: Caught with a book devoted to the male physique, gay boy Gareth is given a lesson he won't forget, by a bunch of homophobic jocks. Only is there more to their inhuman assault, than what at first appears? Given this well-executed, if unsettling short film was made to draw attention to alarming reports in the Sydney media, concerning physical abuse at a private boy's school.
click for FreeView a short film by Erik Gernand
2009 | 8 mins | US
 ›› NON-LOVE SONG / FreeView.
Synopsis: This dialogue driven piece walks the more than familiar cinematic path of falling in love with your straight best friend, only it does so in such a touching way, that you cannot help but be caught up in the story of this boys’ first crush, emotions that hetero man-about-town Alex is becoming increasingly aware of, as the two prepare to go their separate ways, college style.
click for FreeView a short film by Alejandro Durán
20?? | 13 mins | Spain
 ›› SÍGUEME - FOLLOW ME / FreeView.
Synopsis: Whilst his partner Julia practices yoga on her roof top, out of sight of the beach, Rubén opts to leave his car behind, preferring instead to take his bike to enjoy the sea air, book in hand. What the two don't know however, are the events that are about to be unchained by an encounter with a man named Paco, in this delightful twist in the tale piece.
click for FreeView a short film by Bernhard Pucher
2006 | 8 mins | UK
 ›› SATURDAY 3PM / FreeView.
Synopsis: This is the story of Patrick and Mickey; best friends who love life as much as they love the so-called beautiful game, playing together on the same youth football team. Only when Mickey unknowingly pays a visit to a local cottage on his way back home with Patrick, in urgent need of a toilet break, he is set to discover that his best friend also plays for a different side.
click for FreeView a short film by Anthony Aguiar
2012 | 9 mins | US
 ›› ONLY ALWAYS YOU / FreeView.
Synopsis: In a work that wonderfully exemplifies the art of silent storytelling, this beautifully played short is sure to bring a smile to your face, as we come to witness the telling eye movements of a young artist, sketching his desires on paper, forever daydreaming about the man in front of him, that of his Mr Fantasy. Sweet 'n' tender to the extreme, yet there's nothing wrong with that. Delightful.
"Special thanks go to all of the aforementioned directors and / or distributors for making their short films available out on the Web,
for the pleasure of both the gay and cinematic communities at large - a BIG thank you, goes to you."
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