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a short film by Lazlo and Dylan Tonk.

2013 | 13 mins | Netherlands.

the put to the test friendship between two teens of differing sexuality.

starring: Joël Mellenberg / David, Josha Stradowski / Niels, Yldau de Boer / Stella, Leendert de Ridder / Tim,
Florus Hoogslag / Bas, Rosa van Iterson / Angela, Anouar Ennali / Soufian and Pol Buchly as Patrick.

Official Synopsis:

David and Niels spend most of their time working out together on the local sports ground. Meanwhile, their gang of friends harass a local boy for being gay. But their tight friendship is about to be thrown off balance by a secret Niels has been keeping.

Dave says:

Written and directed by twin brothers Lazlo & Dylan Tonk, this engaging short film vividly depicts the emotional turmoil of David; a straight teen who is set to discover that his best friend Niels is not only gay, but complete with a boyfriend in hand.

And it's here that this short scores big, wonderfully showcasing the friendship between the two, a close bond shared by their love of sport; in this instance the running track. Only and unlike David's girlfriend who's clearly in the know, the boy himself has a problem, given David is adamant that he could never be friends with a homo, a mindset that finds him forced to choose between his friendship with the homophobic teens around him, or that of his running partner and to be or not to be - best friend.

Nicely shot and staged, this is a work whose heartfelt theme of love and acceptance is delivered by a young cast who play the story with an achingly natural sense of realism. Yet this is not just the story about the put to the test friendship between two teens of differing sexuality. For in having gone out their way to juxtapose outright prejudice with the open arms of sexual acceptance, the Tonk brothers here highlight the value of true friendship and not just between David and Niels, but also between Niels and his boyfriend Tim, when Niels publicly comes out in support of the man he loves. Beautifully played from start to finish, frankly there's a lot to like here, in particular a message that cannot be said loud enough.

›› available as part of the BOYS ON FILM #13 shorts compilation - Trick & Treat.
›› also available as an Official FreeView on Vimeo.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - none. 
Overall - file under ... 4 stars. 

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