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a short film by Abel Rubinstein.

2020 | 5 mins | UK.

a visually bright and upbeat work on the growing pains of youth.

Dave says:

Screened by Channel 4 in the UK as part of their celebration of the Iris Prize Best British Shorts series of short films, this joyous work from writer and director Abel Rubinstein tells the story of transgender Blake (Pete MacHale) and cisgender gay boy Cane (Ludovic Jean-Francios); best friends and more who hang out with each other, whilst grappling with their sexual insecurities.

Sadly all but over before you know it, this touching tale nevertheless has a lot going for it, as here we find Rubinstein making the most of the limited screen time, wonderfully juxtaposing a series of comic asides and here cue some noisy sex and an oversized dildo, with a series of poignant points, including Blake's heartfelt desire to - look like a man. Using the screen like an artist uses his palette, the result is a visually bright and upbeat work on the growing pains of youth. A pure delight.

›› available as part of the Peccadillo Pictures shorts compilation BOYS ON FILM #21 - Beautiful Secret.
›› revised: Saturday, 20th November, 2021.

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

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