›› We Once Were Tide ‹‹

a short film by Jason Bradbury.

2011 | 18 mins | UK.

just how do you say goodbye?

Dave says:

Directed by Jason Bradbury, this deeply poignant short film has a lot to say about parting; albeit in few words.

It tells the bittersweet story of gay boy Kyle (Tristan Bernays); namely a man who is as much in love with photography, as he is with his boyfriend, being more than happy to help lover Anthony (Alexander Scott) out with the repetitive daily routine of caring for his terminally ill mother. Only in loving someone so much, just how do you say goodbye?

In a work in which the windswept coastline and isolated misty moors of its Isle Of Wight backdrop, beautifully mirror the melancholic nature of the bond between the two young men, here we find a director who's more than happy to let telling glances speak more than the laconic nature of Matthew Kyne Baskott's screenplay. Then again, some things need not be said. For like the letter featured, this occasionally intimate work leaves words to say what cannot or indeed need not, be spoken aloud. All of which makes for an achingly real, if ever so sad narrative on saying goodbye to the one you love.

›› available as part of the Peccadillo Pictures shorts compilation BOYS ON FILM #8 - Cruel Britannia.
›› revised: Thursday, 16th December, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - from the waist up. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 

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