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a short film by Joe Morris.

2011 | 24 mins | UK.

a brutally honest portrait of youth homelessness.

Dave says:

Uncompromising by nature, this heartfelt work from writer and director Joe Morris tells the story of Tat (Luke Dunsmore); a young gay teen who would rather face the hardship of life on the streets, than living under the same roof with the homophobic partner of his loving mother. Yet he's not the only one homeless, having paired up with Jack (Connor Ryan); a teenager who's his on / off boyfriend. Only Jack has issues of his own, seemingly lost to the downward spiral of drugs and prostitution. Longing to save his one and only friend, the question is not so much whether or not the pair are at the breaking point of their relationship, but more a question of does Jack even want to be saved?

This brutally honest portrait of youth homelessness has a lot going for it, given Morris and to his credit here does not shy away from depicting the plight of gay teenagers faced with the ugly reality of homophobia. Running away from home as a result, life on the streets is shown for what it is - bleak and downright inhospitable. Yet it's a life that all too many teenagers find themselves forced to live, having fallen through the safety net of social services.

Performances are raw as you would expect from those new to acting and yet such negatives work in its favour, giving the short the gritty backbone the narrative required for the despair of homelessness, making this far from an easy film to watch. All of which makes for a heart-wrenching drama that achingly reflects a side of life that society is seemingly only too willing to turn a blind eye to.

›› available as part of NEW QUEER VISIONS: RIGHT BESIDE YOU shorts compilation.
›› posted: Thursday, 24th September, 2020.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - from the waist up. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 

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