G O’Clock

Drama | 11mins | English (UK) | 2016

Written & Directed by: Mitchell Marion
Starring: Phillip Weddell, Leon Lopez & Mark Rovira

G O'Clock SS

After saving the life of a young boy who overdoes on GHB, Alex, a paramedic, later arrives at a chill-out where he re-encounters Nik, a young sexy Spanish boy who he takes under his wing but soon discovers his caring instincts come with a dangerous price.

Why you should watch it:

  • For a glimpse into the world of ‘Chemsex’ and ‘Chill-Outs’

A little more insight…

The perfect starting point is to state that I have no experience of chemsex or chill-outs, nor do I know of anyone who is openly into it. The knowledge and assumptions I have mainly come from second hand accounts i.e. things that have happened to friends of friends.

As with most things, I try to not be judgemental and form uneducated opinions and so, as with most things, I believe it is up to the individual to make up their own minds as to what they think of chemsex and whether it is something they want to do.

I’m all for doing something and trying something as long as you know what you’re doing and know how to stay safe and G O’Clock brings that element to film that I have not seen before with the timer and in a controlled environment etc as opposed to the opening scene.

Regardless of precautions and legality, all drugs and narcotics have the ability to cause harm and it can lead to the spread of STIs, rape or even death, when others around you are in a similar state.

This could’ve been a sex-fuelled romp that ends with rape and death, but it explores the culture in a more transparent way (or it appears to, to someone with no real-life experience of it). After all, who’d expect a paramedic to be into it? It just feels real and is shot in such a way that it doesn’t pass judgment on either side of the argument and as a result has got me thinking about my own views on the culture.

(It was also great to see Leon Lopez, as I recently watched Soft Lad and his short Crossroad will be coming up!)

Things that bugged me:

  • I didn’t understand why Tony was so focused on Nik – is it frowned upon to not engage in orgies and to find someone to partner up with?

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