›› Boys on Film 6: Pacific Rim ‹‹

Boys on Film 6: Pacific Rim

Beginning in March 2009,
leading UK gay film distributor
Peccadillo Pictures released
the first of their critically
acclaimed Boys on Film series.

For individual reviews,
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Boys on Film 6: Pacific Rim

This, their sixth compilation
showcases eight Pacific Rim
inspired short stories from
differing countries and
celebrated film festivals.

Overall Duration: 136 mins.
Available: March 2011.

›› Drowning ‹‹

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a short film by Craig Boreham
2009 | 20 mins | Australia
a polished piece on the fear
of losing the man you love.

Beautifully shot and executed, this poignant piece achingly captures the emotional turmoil of a young man whose life is but falling apart. For Mik and Dan are more like brothers than best friends, an intense friendship of the almost joined at the hip variety. Only upon the sudden death of Mik’s real brother Tommy, is this truly the best time for Dan to introduce a volatile Mik to a girl only too eager to take his place?

›› Franswa Sharl ‹‹

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a short film by Hannah Hilliard
2009 | 14 mins | Australia
a competition with a difference,
Fiji style.

You know, some shorts cannot help but bring a smile to your face and this Aussie gem is guaranteed to please with the story of Greg Logan; the number one son of an all too combative father. Bored with the repetition of the Fiji family holiday and with the adage "like father, like son" ringing in his head, Greg sets out to prove that he’s inherited his father's competitive streak in a competition with a difference.

›› Tanjong Rhu ‹‹

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a short film by Boo Junfeng
2008 | 19 mins | Singapore
cruising, men and police

Kelvin likes men. Only when his monogamous relationship with his University boyfriend David ends up hitting the rocks, he finds himself lusting after male company in Singapore’s then infamous Tanjong Rhu cruising ground. It is a night in which he is set to discover, that he is not alone. Beautifully shot and scored, this poignant piece from writer and director Boo Junfeng cross-cuts between past and present time frames to chart ...

›› Teddy ‹‹

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a short film
by Christopher Banks
2009 | 13 mins | New Zealand
unconditional love, Teddy style.

"How can you not love Teddy?" Well in this case, Teddy is a faded old teddy bear who comes to decide the future of London born Tony. Only Tony doesn’t know that yet. Still longing after a romance of yesteryear, he travels to New Zealand to spend time with his ex partner Neil, only to discover that Neil has since fallen in love with local boy Phil. As hopes of rekindling their relationship fade away, could it be that Teddy knows best?

›› LOVE, 100°C ‹‹

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a short film by Kim Kwang-soo
2010 | 22 mins | South Korea
with a sexual kick.

From a country whose gay cinematic output is practically synonymous with tender stories of romance of the Boy Meets Boy kind, comes this coming-of-age drama with a sexual kick. It tells the story of Min-soo; an introverted youth only too aware that his hearing impairment has resulted with his number one son status being at odds with the bullying ways of his younger brother. Only Min-soo has other things on his mind. Or to be ...

›› My Last Hours With You ‹‹

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a short film by Sophie Hyde
2007 | 15 mins | Australia
the bittersweet emotions
of a final farewell.

This is the story of lovers Jeremy and Mark and as the title implies, their last ten hours spent together before Jeremy leaves passport in hand, linguistic tapes packed, to start a new life overseas. Between then and now however they talk, they drink, they have sex, even venturing out to a special beach party held in honour of Jeremy’s impending departure. Only are the two destined to see each other again? Laced with the ...

›› Ron the Zookeeper ‹‹

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a short film by D. Prendergast
2007 | 7 mins | Australia
animated fun for adults,
claymation style.

Life is hard at Preystone Zoo and not in the way that Ron, the zookeeper would like it. Not that it helps that Sushi, the last remaining male grey panda in the world has no interest in donating a sperm sample. Desperate to save the species, Ron is determined to do whatever it takes. Only didn’t anyone bother telling him that you should never feed a panda with - er Viagra! Inspired by his father Ron, a zookeeper in ...

›› Ajumma! Are You Krazy? ‹‹

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a short film by Brent Anbe
2009 | 26 mins | Hawaii, USA
a comical take on trying to get
up close and personal.

This Hawaiian short charts the adventures of a group of Ajumma; namely three feisty women who are passionate about Korean soap-opera hunk Michael Park. And here their lucky star appears to be shining when as fate would have it, Park is set to arrive in Honolulu to make a promotional music video. Only in trying to get their arms around the man of their dreams, has somebody already beaten them to it?

›› The Bottom Line ‹‹

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Bursting with passion, Pacific Rim style, this, the latest volume in the celebrated gay short film label Boys on Film marks yet another seductive selection of diverse shorts; from soap styled escapism to the stark reality of police entrapment.

True and as perhaps to be expected, the Australian connection dominates this collection, but it's still refreshing to see Kim Jho Kwang-soo’s latest short debut on the worldwide stage, together with the work of writer and director Christopher Banks whose forthcoming short The Colonel's Outing, as based on the short story A Man’s Man by Steve Attwood, is eagerly anticipated.

With an overall duration in excess of two hours, I dare say that there is something for everyone here, with personal taste as ever determining the highs and lows of the viewing experience, one that in this instance is not only varied in tone and narrative, but also in tongue. Need more be said?

Only that it should not be overlooked that this series, as with the IRIS Prize Film Festival itself, offers new gay filmmakers a badly needed international platform on which to showcase their work.

›› Dave’s three selected celluloid gems: Drowning, Tanjong Rhu and Teddy. ‹‹

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