A hot young hustler finds himself in uncharted waters when he spends the night with a client who's far from the "Johns" he's used to servicing.
Can a hustler ever find true love? Well, that's the set-up for this enticing short film from director Dominic Haxton of Teens Like Phil and We Are Animals fame, namely the story of a rent boy who finds his latest client far removed from the usual assortment of men eager to pay for his naked manflesh. And that's the beauty of this piece, as we see a young man who custom to being used and abused by older men, is here taken aback by the gentle, feminine charms of Ash; a pre-op transsexual who surprises CJ by putting his needs first. Only sex is not the only thing on their minds, as the two are set to discover that they have more in common, than what at first appears.
Well-executed throughout, this is a work laced with many a neat touch, including the exchange of money for sex poignantly replaced by sex as an act of love, just as CJ's cum-stained t-shirt, seen in the opening scene, is substituted by a t-shirt with a loving kiss planted firmly upon it; lipstick fashion. Yet the real insight into the lives of the two is courtesy of a game of "two truths, one lie" and a farewell confession, that in revealing which statement was a lie, equally details a shocking link between the two. In short, this is a work that charts the surprise friendship formed between two lost souls, as we witness the sincerity of Ash, nicely played by Caleb James, chip away at the cocksure façade of CJ, cue rising star Jake Robbins in the role, who here gradually comes to reveal the man behind the macho image he projects to the world.
Frankly, I found myself wanting to see more and thankfully there's more to see, as the story of CJ is set to continue in its decidedly darker sequel Today It's You. Say no more.