a film by Darren Flaxstone and Christian Martin
2011 | 81 mins | UK
›› Buffering
a saucy comedy of sexual buffering.
Buffering by Darren Flaxstone and Christian Martin From the creative team who brought you the controversial, if the most successful gay indies in years, comes this fast and fruity take on the classic British sex comedy; one that finally sees the boys let their hair down. And a lot more besides.

For this is a tale of love and sex; well sex actually. Not that thereís any doubting the commitment that lover boys Seb and Aaron have for each other, being only too keen to celebrate their anniversary in each other's arms. Only this is 2011 and times are hard and not in the way us boys like. Out of work, broke and with their house about to be repossessed, both are in dire need of making a quick quid. Thinking outside the box of ways in which he can use his skills to pay the bills, Aaron hits upon the idea of surreptitiously filming their acts of sexual intimacy and unbeknown to his partner, posting the footage online Pay per View fashion, a scheme that much to his surprise, financially takes off. Only when Seb gets suspicious about a camera covertly hidden in the bedroom, is he about to pull the plug on being paid to get laid; webcam style?

Buffering by Darren Flaxstone and Christian Martin Criticised by some for the uncompromising nature of their work, Shank writers Darren Flaxstone and Christian Martin have hit back in recent times by preaching a heartfelt safe sex message in the beautifully executed, if cautionary short F**KED and here, changing cinematic direction entirely. The result is a saucy comedy of sexual buffering, one that sees Bernie Hodges of prior Release psychotic form delight in camping it up all the way to the end, whilst Alex Anthony as one half of the loving pair adds a touch of the Jude Law charm to the proceedings, even if the increasingly ludicrous antics are at times at odds with the pathos of the piece and in particular whether such online acts of love making are too much for a relationship to take.

Complete with seemingly more sexual positions than in a gay version of the Kama Sutra, the result marks a long overdue UK outing of jokes of the Eating Out variety, as bouncing vibrators and a series of OTT scenes take to the stage, even if some could end up lost in translation. That said, itís fun and frothy throughout, backed by the vibrant songs of local band *NANCY* and aided by Oliver Park as Mitch, namely the hunk without trunks and Jessica Matthews as Jem; a girl determined to get the (business) party started. In short, this is but an anything goes parody of the whole College Boys Live webcam experience, one that was ripe for the taking and well, consider it taken.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - the full monty. 
Overall - file under ... 3 stars. 
available on DVD as part of the TLA Releasing UK catalogue 05.December.2011.
Premiered at the Festival del Sol, Gran Canaria - January 2011.
Winner of the Festival del Sol's BEST SCRIPT award.
starring: Alex Anthony / Seb, Conner McKenzie / Aaron, Jessica Matthews / Jem,
Oliver Park / Mitch and Bernie Hodges as the Sex Shop Keeper.
official website: www.buffering-movie.com
Copyright 2011 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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