a short film by Hong Khaou
2011 | 13 mins | UK
›› Spring
getting more than you asked for; S&M style.
Spring by Hong Khaou As far removed from the sugary sweetness of his earlier coming out short Summer, here writer and director Hong Khaou takes you on a journey into the behind closed doors world of sadomasochism.

For Joe is out for kicks, but not just any sexual high. Rather this good looking gay boy has a masochistic side to his nature or so he thinks, having never subjected himself to his master's voice before. That is until he meets Tim; a sadistic player who is more than willing to teach his newfound slave a thing or two, whatever the cost may turn out to be.

As a lesson in the dangers of getting more than you asked for, this is both disturbing, yet equally riveting filmmaking. For here Khaou triumphs, taking you ever closer to an unnerving knife edge, as you begin to wonder just how far are these two men, including Jonathan Keane of Unhappy Birthday credit, prepared to go in pursuit of sexual gratification, having somewhat alarmingly cast a "safe word" to the wind. That many a question is raised, if not necessarily answered along the remarkably non-judgmental path of this work adds to its menacing atmosphere, as we witness a young man seemingly more than happy to put his life, Russian roulette fashion, in the hands of a total stranger. Well-played throughout and staged in a London based location that I dare say, you'll probably more than recognise.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - bare-arsed cheek. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 

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available on DVD as part of the Peccadillo Pictures catalogue - 'Boys On Film: Cruel Britannia' release: 28.May.2012 / UK.
available on DVD as part of the Guest House Films catalogue - 'Black Briefs' release: 21.February.2012 / US.
screened as part of the 5th edition of the IRIS Prize International Film Festival, Wales, 2011.
screened as part of the 25th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2011.
starring: Chris O'Donnell as Joe and Jonathan Keane as Tim.
based on a story by Bruce Benderson.
Copyright 2012 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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