Drama | 3 mins | (Germany) | 2015
Written & Directed by: Kai Stänicke
Starring: Maximilian Gehrlinger et al.
As a golden boy becomes a golden man, his carefree spirit wanes under the weight of being different. As he grows up he comes more introverted until one day he discovers he’s not alone.
Why you should watch it:
- Well paced
- Beautifully shot
- Powerful message
A little more insight…
I must admit to having seen Golden prior to Boys On Film 16 popping through my letterbox and was pleased to see it included.
The short starts with the birth of a golden baby and progresses through his life up until a moment – the basic premise that that LGBT+ people are born golden, but everyone else doesn’t see this. The boy grows and leads a typical life until he realises that he is different and he believes that he is alone.
Then one day he notices something; another golden person and they embrace. Despite the questionable motives for kissing an absolute stranger, it is a wonderfully shot moment, with the music quietening and things going into slow-mo. And just like that, he opens his eyes and realises there are more golden people than he realised.
To me, what makes this short work and gives it power is its accessibility. There is no dialogue and no barriers to communication or understanding. It is a universal message; you’re not alone.
Things that bugged me:
- It may work in the film, but kissing a stranger… come on!