a short film by Jonathan Wald
2004 | 30 mins | Australia
›› What Grown-Ups Know
facing up to the responsibilities of life.
What Grown-Ups Know by Jonathan Wald Welcome to a road trip from hell; mother and son style. For this melodramatic short tells the story of troubled teenager Roy, who alongside his mother Elizabeth are to be found escaping hotels in the middle of the night, so as to avoid paying the bill. Only when mother and son switch hotel hopping for a desolate caravan park, the manager of the park turns out to be Roy's brief rest room encounter with a local named Maurice, one that came to an abrupt halt courtesy of his interfering mum. Yet that was then and now Roy seizes the opportunity to continue where he left off, in the hope of finally discovering what grown-ups know.

In many ways, this marks a fine companion piece to the short A Wonderful Day that played on the same London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival programme of 2005, given both works detail the emotional impact a mothers' ailing health has on her son. For here the onset of adulthood revolves not around carnal desires of man-sex, but rather by way of facing up to the responsibilities of life.

Only at thirty-minutes, some may feel that this work, as based on a short story by Alex Joseph, could have done with the odd edit here and there, even if Susie Lindeman is splendid in the central role of a mother unable to pay the rent, let alone medical bills and whose reason to be on the road with her devoted son, is what the final reel is made for. That Roy / Stephen James King is forced to deal with the reality of his predicament by way of a stranger aka Daniel Roberts, is what makes this coming-of-age work pack a lot of emotions into its timeframe. Need more be said?
screened as part of the 19th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2005.
starring: Stephen James King, Susie Lindeman and Daniel Roberts.
Copyright 2005 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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