Boys on Film 8: Cruel Britannia

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Downing (BOF8)

Drama | 18mins | English | 2011



“Amidst a vibrant house party, John, the isolated local gay lad, finds an opportunity to exact revenge on his straight oppressor, the popular and handsome Daniel. Boy kisses boy, drinking, fucking and regret: just another teenage party.”


Directed by: Ben Peters | Written by: Peter Forbes
Starring: Jamie Brotherston & Ross William Wild 

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Diana (BOF8)

Drama | 11mins | English | 2009



“On the day after the Princess of Wales’ death Mohit, an Indian pre-op transexual, goes on an emotional journey set against the backdrop of a day that shocked a nation.”


Written & Directed by: Aleem Khan
Starring: Neeraj Singh

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Man and Boy (BOF8)

Drama | 19mins | English | 2010



“A man invites a boy into his flat and offers to take pictures of him. To most this would seem suspicious in the extreme, to the few it is an innocent offer of friendship. Which way do you see it?”


Directed by: David Leon & Marcus McSweeney | Written by: David Leon & Rashid Razaq
Starring: Geoff Bell, Calum MacNab, Eddie Marsan & Eddie Webber

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What You Looking At? (BOF8)

Comedy | 10mins | English | 2011



“Two very different people in the London borough of Lambeth – a drag queen and a woman in a burka. Only in a lift would they ever cross one another’s path. But these two have more in common than they first thought.”


Written & Directed by: Faryal
Starring: Michael Twaits, Hussina Raja & Rez Kabir

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We Once Were Tide (BOF8)

Drama | 18mins | English | 2011



“On the windswept southern coast of the Isle of Wight, Anthony, torn between his boyfriend and dependent mother, must realise that to love something is to give it away.”


Directed by: Jason Bradbury | Written by: Matthew Kyne Baskott
Starring: Tristan Bernays, Alexander Scott & Mandy Aldridge

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The Chef’s Letter (BOF8)

Drama | 14mins | English | 2008



“In the early morning hours, a chef struggles to write the letter that could overturn his ordered life. Entering his kitchen, he struggles to make a beeline for his sous-chef.”


Written & Directed by: Sybil Mair
Starring: Layke Anderson, Ray Fearon, Jonathan Firth & Laura Steventon

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Spring (BOF8)

Drama | 13mins | English | 2011



“A young man meets a stranger to indulge in a secret bout of S&M, an experience that will change his life forever.”


Written & Directed by: Hong Khaou
Starring: Chris O’Donnell & Jonathan Keane

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I Don’t Care (BOF8)

Drama | 25mins | English | 2010

“In the tumbleweed coastal retirement community of Porthpunnet, Luka cares for his bedridden mother. One day he meets Dan, a young man who lives in a camper van and shares his interest in art. Initially he sees Dan as a kindred spirit until Dan proves to be gay.”

Directed by: Harry Wootliff | Written by: Pete Jordi Wood
Starring: Iwan Rheon, Di Botcher, Paloma Faith, Helen Grady & David Leon

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Nightswimming (BOF8)

Drama | 14mins | English | 2010



“Runaways Luke and Ellen are caught breaking into a swimming facility as they only want a warm place to sleep. The watchman lets them stay on the proviso that they don’t break anything, and so begins an emotionally charged situation between the trio.”


Written & Directed by: Dominic Leclerc
Starring: Harry Eden, Linzey Cocker & Tim Dantay

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