James: REVIEWED

Genre: Drama     Run. Time: 17mins     Language: English     Year: 2008
Directed by: Connor Clements
Written by: Connor Clements
Starring
Niall Wright as James
Matt Jennings as Mr. Sutherland
Margaret Goodman as Mother
Gerry Doherty as Father
Louis Rolston as Man in Toilet
Misc.
Available as part of the Boys on Film 5 collection.
Finalist in the Iris Prize.
Filmed/produced in Northern Ireland

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“Focusing on a boy isolated by his sexuality and alienated from his family due to his parent’s marital troubles, James reaches out in desperation to his teacher for support and guidance.”

… in 1 word:
Distressing.

… in 10 words:
You’ll be screaming NO at your screen by the end.

… in 100 words:
Distressing is the perfect word for James. From the outset we get a clear sense of who James is and the familial dynamic: he is alone at home and at school. Though we’re not explicitly told at the beginning that he is gay, it is well conveyed through his actions. All seems normal until he goes to a public toilet. That’s when you start screaming. That’s when it becomes distressing. “You’ll be safe with me”. “We’ll just talk”. That however is only midway and I don’t want to provide any spoilers. By the end, if you’re not screaming, you’re disconnected.

Now go and watch it…
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