Showboy (BOF12)

Drama | 15mins | English (AUS) | 2014



“A young football player, Julian Maxwell, finds himself struggling to support his unemployed, recently widowed father while fighting to keep safe the secret he once shared with his mother: He’s only gay, but performs a drag act in a local bar.”


Written & Directed by: Samuel Leighton-Dore
Starring: Lucas Pittaway, Malcolm Kennard, Richie Finger, Stephanie King & Matt Levett


Showboy is a polished, understated and gripping tale of a young guys struggle to support his father; even if that means doing drag. Without the premise, it would be a shock but with it, it becomes a little confusing (we don’t see that the mother knew). However that being said, the use of inter-cuts and the utilisation of sound truly put you into Julian’s mindset.


Things I Liked:
1 - Use of inter-cuts
2 - Use of sound
3 - Premise
4 - High-quality finish

Things I Didn't Like:
1 - Disconnect with premise

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