a short film by Christopher Banks
2009 | 13 mins | New Zealand
›› Teddy
unconditional love, Teddy style.
Teddy by Christopher Banks "How can you not love Teddy?" Well in this case, Teddy is a faded old teddy bear who ultimately comes to decide the future of London born Tony.

Only Tony doesn’t know that yet. Still longing after a romance of yesteryear, he travels to New Zealand to spend time with his ex partner Neil, only to discover that Neil has since fallen in love, legal style, with local boy Phil. As his hopes of rekindling their former relationship seemingly fade away, could it be that Teddy knows best?

Like many a reflective piece, Bedfellows and The Moment After included, this well-crafted work showcases the emotional pain of regret and if anything, the bittersweet thoughts of wondering just what could have been. That Tony had the chance to emigrate with Neil to the awe-inspiring vistas of rural Auckland at the time, but opted not to do so, prompts an experience that only comes to reinforce a series of missed opportunities.

It is a story in which writer and director Christopher Banks intercuts with a tender flashback sequence of the two ex lovers as one, along the way self scoring part of his work, that is when the country "Have You Ever Been Lonely" vocal tones of Patsy Riggir, together with the classical music of Domenico Scarlatti are not to be heard. The result is a touching story of unconditional love. Only from whom?

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - strictly from the waist up. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 
available on DVD as part of the Peccadillo Pictures catalogue - 'Boys on Film 6: Pacific Rim' release 28.03.2011
starring: Brian Moore / Tony, Chris Tempest / Neil and Alan Granville as Phil.
official website: teddy.burningrope.co.nz
see also: number8films.com
Copyright 2011 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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