a short film by Dominic Leclerc
2010 | 14 mins | UK
›› Nightswimming
the inherent need for human contact.
Nightswimming by Dominic Leclerc Not to be confused with Daniel Falcone's ode to unrequited love that is Night Swimming, this short film from Protect Me from What I Want writer and director Dominic Leclerc takes a somewhat longing look at life and love.

Not that runaways Luke and Ellen know what's in store for them yet. Desperate for shelter, they take refuge in a seemingly derelict Victorian styled bathhouse; breaking and entering fashion. Not that night watchman Martin seems to mind, having caught them in the act and much to their surprise, opts to let them stay. The kindness of a good Samaritan, or the act of a man with an ulterior motive in mind?

Reminiscent in style of the gay British classic The Fruit Machine, here we find Leclerc deliver a tale in which no-one is who, if not what they first appear to be, in particular when it comes to matters of the heart. Yet this is not so much a work on sexuality or even voyeurism for that matter, when the watchman is caught watching, but more a bittersweet take on loneliness and the inherent need for human contact. A poignant piece indeed, with Harry Eden so wonderfully seen as Daniel Craig's younger self in the emotive feature Flashbacks of a Fool here offering a more revealing performance, as the bisexual boy of the piece.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - the full monty. 
Overall - file under ... 3 stars. 

›› Available to buy from Amazon.co.uk.
available on DVD as part of the Peccadillo Pictures catalogue - 'Boys On Film: Cruel Britannia' release: 28.May.2012 / UK.
screened as part of the 24th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2010.
starring: Harry Eden / Luke, Linzey Cocker / Ellen and Tim Dantay as Martin.
Copyright 2012 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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