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a short film by Pierce Hadjinicola and Sinclair Suhood.

2020 | 9 mins | Australia.

coming out in bigoted small-town Australia.

Dave says:

From the writing / directorial pairing of Pierce Hadjinicola and Sinclair Suhood comes this emotional short film about coming out in bigoted small-town Australia.

Not that gay teenager Kevin (Orlando Norman) knows about that yet, happy as he is to let his true sexuality remain in the closet, knowing full well the homophobic wrath that coming out to his mother (Nicole Yardley) would almost certainly bring. Yet when his out 'n' proud boyfriend Nicko (Mert Altunsoy) tells him that he can no longer live in the shadows, Kevin must finally face up to the fact that and unlike his supportive sister Tara (Mel Jarnson), not everyone in his life will accept him for who he is.

Packing a powerful cinematic punch in under ten minutes, this telling work vividly contrasts the outstretched hand of human compassion with outright prejudice and not only from those close to home, but from those whose close-minded condemnation of the LGBT+ community, goes against the law of the land itself.

Played achingly real throughout by one and all, at the end of the day the real star here is the narrative itself that poignantly illustrates the reality that in to thy ownself, being true, you have to have the inner strength to at times, sadly say goodbye to those you love, but who are unwilling to accept the beauty of the sexual diversity of life. That that is their loss, goes without saying.

›› available as part of the Peccadillo Pictures shorts compilation BOYS ON FILM #21 - Beautiful Secret.
›› posted: Wednesday, 22nd December, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - none. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 

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