a short film by Sybil H Mair
2008 | 14 mins | UK
›› The Chef's Letter
a sublimely shot story of telling attraction.
The Chef's Letter by Sybil H Mair In a work in which facial expressions say more than words, writer and director Sybil H Mair has delivered a sublimely shot story of telling attraction. Then again, coming out to the man you love, is never easy. Even more so when you're married, officially straight and the object of your affection has no idea of the way you feel about him. Such is the situation that our chef extraordinaire finds himself in, opting to express his romantic self by way of a lettre d'amour to the man in question. Yet and as every cook should know, things do not always go as planned in the kitchen, even with all of the right ingredients in place.

Complemented by the pitch perfect score of Stephen Daltry, one that musically speaks the words that the narrative does not, here we find ourselves and like the head chef of the piece, anxiously waiting for his letter of love to be read, only for many a revealing look to signal that all is not well in matters of the heart. Whether or not a heart is broken come the close of play, would however be saying. What can be said is that this beautifully crafted short wonderfully exemplifies the art of storytelling and without a bare chest in sight - well almost.

Gay Visibility - covert. 
Nudity - none. 
Overall - file under ... 4 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 3rd edition of the IRIS Prize International Film Festival, 2009.
starring: Jonathan Firth / The Chef, Ray Fearon / The Sous Chef, Layke Anderson / the Young Man
and Lauren Steventon as the Young Woman.
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Copyright 2012 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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