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Boys On Film: Cruel Britannia [DVD]

Eddie Marsan , Iwan Rheon    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Eddie Marsan, Iwan Rheon, Iain De Caestecker, Harry Eden
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2012
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005YYAZ0W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,061 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The hugely popular Boys On Film series returns, this time chock-full of British queer short films, starring Iwan Rheon (E4 s Misfits), Eddie Marsan (Snow White and the Huntsman), Iain de Caestecker (BBC3 s The Fades), Harry Eden (Flashbacks of a Fool), Jonathan Firth (The Prince & Me), Layke Anderson (House of Boys), Michael Twaits (Confessions of a Dancewhore), and Ross William Wild (We Will Rock You).

Ten edgy and award-winning short films from the up and coming cream of UK-based filmmakers, Boys On Film introduces you to the queer and wonderful world of new British cinema.

From the cliffs of the Isle of Wight to an abandoned swimming pool via a broken down lift in Lambeth, Peccadillo Pictures presents an eclectic mix of ten UK-set short films from scorching new British talent that depict queer characters in situations both funny and heart-rending, definitive and unique.

All Over Brazil - Dir. David Ward - 10mins

It's the summer of 1974 and Scotland face Yugoslavia in the group stage of the football World Cup. But Stephen (Iain de Caestecker) seems more interested in the world of Glam Rock than football...

Nightswimming - Dir. Dominic Leclerc - 14mins

Runaways Luke (Harry Eden) 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.

I Don t Care - Dir. Harry Wootliff - 25mins

In the tumbleweed coastal retirement community of Porthpunnet, Luka (Iwan Rheon) 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.

Spring - Dir.Hong Khaou - 13mins

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

The Chef s Letter - Dir. Sybil Mair - 14mins

In the early morning hours, a chef (Jonathan Firth) struggles to write the letter that could overturn his ordered life. Entering his kitchen, he struggles to make a beeline for his sous-chef (Layke Anderson).

We Once Were Tide - Dir. Jason Bradbury - 18mins

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.

What You Looking At? - Dir. Faryal - 10mins

Two very different people in the London borough of Lambeth - a drag queen (Michael Twaits) and a woman in a burka. Only in a lift would they ever cross each another s path. But these two have more in common than they first thought.

Man and Boy - Dir. David Leon, Marcus McSweeney - 19mins

A man (Eddie Marsan) 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?

Diana - Dir. Aleem Kahn - 11mins

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

Downing - Dir. Ben Peters - 16mins

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, f***ing and regret: just another teenage party.



Review: "A deftly curated collection of short films... extremely well executed" - Polari Magazine


"An absolute must-have... prepare to be thrilled!"

"Edgy, urgent and bursting with sexual energy" --Qx

"Overflowing with narrative diversity and sexual candour"

"Edgy, urgent and bursting with sexual energy" --Qx

"Overflowing with narrative diversity and sexual candour"

"Edgy, urgent and bursting with sexual energy" --Qx

"Overflowing with narrative diversity and sexual candour"

"Edgy, urgent and bursting with sexual energy" --Qx

"Overflowing with narrative diversity and sexual candour"

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu Max...Blu!! 28 Jan 2013
By Mick
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Content 4+ stars. Release...well...
I purchased this as an import from the U.K., as it has not had a U.S. release. Thankfully I have a DVD player that will play it, but (hint to Peccadillo Pictures) AN ALL-REGION BLU RAY release would have been far preferable.
As for the content - I purchased this for Dominic Leclerc's "Nightswimming" (which I'm thrilled to finally own), but I found all 10 of the shorts here to have been engaging, thought-provoking, and quite enjoyable.
Now...where's that BluRay??...
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best yet 28 May 2012
By cartoon
Having enjoyed all of the previous boys on film , but found maybe a few shorts didnt work for me , this is the best yet , enjoyed each short and think it is a shame that this should just be classed as gay when it is a showcase of great film making . Not all are easy to watch but they are really thought provoking [ not just the usual romance/ sex/ comedy / fluff] .Britain at its best [ remember when there was actually something good on the tv] .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars boys on film 18 April 2013
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because the film s were differant enjoyed the dark and strange topics i hoping to next in the line of boys on film
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Not a bad movie but I preferred the other Boys on Film series. If you are looking for one of these films maybe check some others out first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not one of the best ... 10 Mar 2014
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
This all-British collection in the Boys On Film series is not one of the best, I don't think. Nightswimming doesn't makes sense - when has there ever been a nightwatchman at a swimming pool who goes round in the dark, with a teenage couple who have decided to break in and spend the night there? And then the boy teases the middle aged nightwatchman who clearly fancies him almost uncontrollably? Not a single gesture is convincing, although visually it keeps your interest from one frame to the next and is quite atmospheric.
A film set on the Isle of Wight is simply dull, one of two about a young man looking after his mother. The other, I Don't Care, is rather better, with a good lead. He's attractive in an unconventional way, and comes across as an individual. However the other boy who appears, who is gay, is wrongly pitched, and I found the character unappealing which spoilt the film.
Diana is one of the two best, a short film showing a young boy who seems quite far along the path to presenting himself as a woman, and is rejected by his Indian family. Not only is he rather beautiful, his despair is well caught, and highly cinematically. There is real intensity in the images.
Another quite interesting film shows an SM encounter where a 20-year-old man puts himself into the hands of a thirty-something man for a rather unnerving scene. It is unsettling but did have something to say, without being simplistic, sensationalist or conclusive - quite a feat in itself. It does convey a sense of dangerous eroticism.
A revenge teen party drama seems unaware that all the characters are awful, thereby failing to generate any interest, as well as feeling very set-up. It wants to be very daring, but isn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars review 24 Nov 2013
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This is a selection of 10 short films by up and coming directors all with a gay theam - all made interesting viewing and 3 or 4 were excellent both in acting and direction
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By Peter
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or you can gather a number of friends and watch them as a group.

If it's the latter, you will be talking about the films late into the night. Have some beverages and food on hand. Prepare to enjoy yourself first while you watch the films and next when you all discuss them.
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