Two young men, best friends since they were little, have lived their whole lives in an isolated farming community in Ontario, Canada. They come to a crossroads as one of them decides to leave their home for a better life in the big city of Toronto, Ontario. Hidden longing, secrets, and truth coming pouring out as these two friends face the reality of the new paths they are about to embark.
Based on Anton Dudley’s award-winning play. As the sun sets over a swampy Scotland bog, two boys meet in the darkness as part of a nightly ritual. Part character study, part love story, DAVY & STU is a heartwrenching look at the intensity of adolescent romance and forbidden love.
Set in present day, a trail blazing new film, Boyland will tell a story of a controversial and forbidden love. Boyland is a narrative work but with a strong focus on experimental elements. It is co-written and directed by Gabe Rubin. One summer day Meyer, a sixty year-old photographer and artist meets James, a fourteen year-old juvenile delinquent at the beach. A tumultuous relationship develops that tests both of their capacities to love. Rubin paints the story of their passionate, complex and at times disturbing relationship against the surreal backdrop of a sensual fantastical dreamworld. In this dreamscape, Gabe delves deeply into the darkest secrets of pederasty with a pioneering approach that is both innovative and haunting. Utilizing rich multimedia references from the worlds of art, music and poetry Boyland is a radical and unforgettable coming of age story.
Submitted by Chip
A 14 year-old juvenile delinquent James is left stranded on a beach in the San Francisco Bay Area after an argument with his foster brother AJ. Left to his own devices James meets Meyer, a sixty year-old artist with a passionate interest in young boys. A tumultuous but profound relationship develops between Meyer and James over the course of the summer in Meyer’s hideaway home deep in the woods. Meanwhile James’ foster family are looking for him. James enjoys his new life with Meyer and especially the discovery of a pederastic fantasy picture novel written by Meyer called Boyland. He ultimately convinces Meyer to invite his artist friends over to reenact his novel. During the course of the Boyland performance the darkest secrets of Meyer’s past and his controversial world will be revealed…
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Luke is bright, politically aware boy who wants to grow up to be like his idol, former Canadian Prime Minister ‘Pierre Trudeau’ . He has a good relationship with his mother, Rita. When Rita takes Luke out shopping to buy a new pair of shoes, it is with trepidation and a bit of reluctance that she agrees to the pair that he wants: pink Converse runners. She is afraid of the reaction of all the other children at school to the color. Will Luke’s classmates call him a sissy like Rita fears, and even if they do, does it matter?
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Cam Archer is an independent filmmaker who, at the same age of most recent college graduates, has written and directed a vast amount of his critically acclaimed and award winning films. His debut feature film Wild Tigers I Have Known, which was executively produced by veteran indie filmmaker Gus Van Sant, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to become a landmark in new-queer cinema.
While dealing with the sensitive and taboo subject of adolescents coming to terms with their homosexuality, Archer creates images that are fresh, beautiful, and undoubtedly original. His films blend formal narrative structure with extreme and abrasive experimental imagery to help tie the symbolic knots together, and create a better understanding of the state of mind in which his main subject is trapped inside. His work, which could be compared to many Van Sant films, (Elephant comes to mind) are able to hold up on their own through their breathtaking cinematography, subtle background scores, and of course an innovative take on a subject that has been dealt with thousands of times in the history of cinema. Archer is a controversial artist, who makes films on his own terms, and through his collection of work, has created a style in which no film buff could deny.
In the short film Goodly Boyish, Cam Archer’s moody, elliptical exploration of the interior lives of teenagers, two boys (Jasper Bel and Cassidy Field) dream of a life together in heaven…
Set during a heat wave on a rundown Thamesmead council estate, Beautiful Thing is an urban love story full of characters that abound with attitude, energy, frankness and humour. The story follows Jamie, an introvert, troubled teen whose dislike of football is reason enough for his classmates to bully him at every opportunity. Living with his pre-occupied single mum, Sandra, Jamie finds himself infatuated with his next door neighbour and classmate Ste.
Ste, who is living with his abusive, alcoholic father in the flat next door, is one night beaten so badly that Sandra takes pity and lets him sleep over. In the absence of a third bed, Ste has to make do with sleeping ‘top-to-toe’ with Jamie. Much to his delight, Jamie is able to provide Ste with the comfort and reassurance he craves and also a little massage with some peppermint foot lotion.
The boys’ relationship is helped along by Leah, a sassy, Mama Cass-obsessed neighbour and Sandra’s dippy neo-hippy lover, Tony, as they discover themselves, each other and a Beautiful Thing.
A boy in his early teens develops a crush on a grown woman old enough to be his mother, only to discover she is also attracted to him, in this controversial drama from France. Marion (Emmanuelle Bercot) is a headstrong and free-spirited woman in her early thirties who heads to the seacoast for a short vacation that coincides with the 13th birthday of her godson Benoit (Kevin Goffette). Benoit and his friends are just old enough to be enthralled with any conversation involving sex, and Marion humors them by joining in their talks on the beach about the mysteries of women.
Marion soon gets to know one of Benoit’s friends, Clement (Olivier Gueritee), and the interest between them becomes more than just friendly; some good-natured horseplay stirs a desire between them, and after the two share a kiss on the beach, Clement is obsessed with Marion. While she’s unsure about starting a relationship with a boy less than half her age, Marion can’t deny her feelings for Clement, and before long she and the youngster are lovers. One night, Clement appears at Marion’s doorstep, announcing he’s run away from home and wants to move in with her; Marion isn’t sure what to tell the boy, knowing the foolishness of such a move even though she does love him, and soon Clement is crestfallen, certain that Marion no longer cares for him. Clement was written and directed by Emmanuelle Bercot, who also stars as Marion; the film was shown in the Un Certain Regard series at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, where it received the Young Cinema Award.