a short film by Ellis Watamanuk
2012 | 12 mins | US
›› After the Sky Turned Black
a poignant piece on the ravages of terrorism.
After the Sky Turned Black by Ellis Watamanuk
Official Synopsis:-

A photojournalist, recently blinded in a terrorist attack overseas, picks up a young man from a bar and takes him home. Throughout the course of the night, the secrets of his past are revealed.

Dave Says:-

Essentially a three-man play, here we find writer and director Ellis Watamanuk detail the physical and mental effects of a terrorist bomb on those who survive its bloody wrath, as the former extrovert persona of Frankie, comes to be but a memory of times past.

And it is here that Watamanuk strikes a nerve, having focused on the difficulties that many a victim faces in coping with their lives thereafter, often to be found shutting themselves off from the world, much to the concern of their friends and family.

Rightfully delivered in an unhurried pace and well shot and scored throughout, this is a moving work on the risks that journalists of both text and photo mediums take, in documenting the brutal ravages of man's inhumanity to mankind; a poignant narrative that will no doubt resonate with many. All of which makes for a short film that whilst gay to the core, speaks volumes on how being in the wrong place, at the wrong time, can forever change your life and that of those around you. And for a debut piece, that's a telling message, indeed.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - bare-arsed cheek. 
Overall - file under ... 3 stars. 
starring: Nicholas Wilder / Frankie, Travis Grant / Ben and Ara Woland as Graham.
Copyright 2012 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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