a short film by James Noel Hoban and Bobby Roger Poirier
2005 | 9 mins | US
›› Recruiting
could you be tempted to switch sides?
Recruiting by James Noel Hoban and Bobby Roger Poirier

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.

Still confused? Okay, let me put it another way. The fact that you're gay doesn't enter the equation. After all, a man of your standing is just what the corporation is looking for, just as long as you're prepared to put that side of your life behind you. Or at least during office hours, given what you get up to off duty is your own business; just be discreet about it. Would you prefer a few days to think it over? For could you be tempted to switch sides?
Recruiting by James Noel Hoban and Bobby Roger Poirier
Dave Says:-

And that in a nutshell is the premise of this intriguingly clever, if equally alarming work, one that hooks you in by turning the notion of the so-called "homosexual agenda" on its head, by presenting instead - the heterosexual one. For just as Robert Redford offered Woody Harrelson a million dollars for a night with his wife, what would it take for you to become the sexual orientation that you are not? Indeed would you even consider such an indecent proposal?

In short, this is a work that plays with the viewpoint held by some that being gay is a choice, something that you can decide to be, rather than a biological factor set in stone at birth. Only in playing devil's advocate, Hoban who wrote the screenplay and alongside Poirier directed and starred in the principal roles, laces his work with a series of bitter home truths. Yet in having raised the question of whether or not openly gay men can be tempted back in the closet, this insightful piece goes further to pose the scenario that the doors to the closet are already closing in around us. For how much of our sexual identity have we lost in our fight for acceptance? And how much more will be lost in the years ahead, as sexual diversity merges ever more with social conformity? Thoughtful and dark, this is a highly refreshing short film that pulls a telling punch.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - none. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 
principal players: Bobby Roger Poirier / Man #1, James Noel Hoban / Man #2, Sean Demers / Man #3,
Rosemary Warnock / Woman #1, James Herrera / Waiter, Burke Brimmer / Man at Bar,
Monique Raymond / Woman at Bar and David Timm as the Customer.
Revised and Copyright 2012 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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