a short film by Bill Taylor
2010 | 11 mins | Canada
›› The Young Prime Minister
when a colour is just a colour.
The Young Prime Minister by Bill Taylor Wonderfully capturing the innocence of youth, here writer and director Bill Taylor of Silver Road fame showcases a work that seen through the eyes of a child, is gloriously blind to the stereotypical colour codes of gender. Given eight-year-old Luke and aspiring politician to be, fixated as he is on the career of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, has a-liking for a pair of pink trainers. Only with his mother Rita and seemingly everyone around him ill at ease with Luke wearing them on his way to school, has he the resolution to see his policy through in the face of such fierce opposition?

Like Amnon Buchbinder's delightful feature Whole New Thing, here we find Taylor questioning society's attitude to human sexuality and in this instance, its preconceived sexual colours. The result is a delectably sweet work with Taylor as ever going for story, dramatically contrasting an industrial community that clearly has seen better days, with the love of a hard working mother all too apprehensive that her culturally experimental son, could all too soon be subjected to the harsh realities of life. Well played throughout and with the notion of a colour being just a colour as its cinematic foundation stone, this charming short concludes with a neat twist styled ending as our boy proudly wears it, like it is. See what you think.

Gay Visibility - pink. 
Nudity - none. 
Overall - file under ... 3 stars. 
starring: Patricia Fagan as Rita and Graeme Jokic as Luke.
with: Paulette Sinclair / Louise, Alyssa Mariano / Aunt Sally, Jorma Lindquist / the Bus Driver,
Maxwell Uretsky / Greg, Milena Kulchenko / Andrea, Mark Gonzalez / Stewart
and Mark Ramsay as Danny.
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