This is one of the better collections, looking back from no.7, in fact I would put it at no.3! The best film here is Cowboy Forever, a superb portrait of a friendship between two ranch hands in Brazil, one of whom fancies the other. It is very droll and affectionate, with the name 'Jones' acquiring more and more of a comic overtone as the main character and narrator waxes on about the object of his affection and lust! VGL-Hung! is also quite superb, again in the comic mode, and with a refreshingly non-pinup main character. The film has a very seductive surface and is very much about the computer world, with a touch of the supernatural thrown in - great bang-up-to-date use of film! Gay Zombie is also not bad, although I must confess to not going overboard for the zombie genre, and the yuck factor is unsurprisingly to the fore. I enjoyed Packed Lunch more, even though it is less original, for its wonderful peekaboo look at the speedo, one of the salient features of Australian life as I imagine it, and being appraised here in a delightful manner. I also liked the boys in Summer and enjoyed the erotic tension of this one ... The others didn't make a strong impression on me but I wouldn't have wanted to miss the ones I've singled out, and other reviewers seem to have been very taken with some of the others, so it's a fair bet that viewers will find something that takes their fancy!
The ‘Boys on Film’ DVD series of short gay films has now reached double figures. This was the very first: nine short films ranging between nine and twenty-seven minutes in length, all professionally produced and featuring an age range from teens to hunks. There is no explicit nudity.
The selection of films hail from many corners of the gay world – UK, USA, France, Brazil, and Australia – although it’s fair to point out that four of the nine films feature London. It was interesting to see how different cultures deal with sex and nudity; whilst the American film ‘Gay Zombie’ had its participants wearing shorts in the Jacuzzi, there is no issue with nudity in the subsequent French film ‘Serene Hunter’.
There is a mix of genres too, from ‘straight’-forward drama to comedy to romance to something a little darker to documentary. The latter is an Australian film looking at the allure of Speedos! (How can you talk twenty-four minutes about Speedos?!) My favourite is the longest, a twenty-seven minute exploration of naïve and relaxed pure love in Brazil’s Mato Grosso.
Not all the films in this 150-minute collection are worth four stars, there are no duff entries, and the purchaser and viewer is bound to find more than one worthy of additional playbacks. And I was suitably impressed to explore others in the series.
on 6 March 2010
I found this an unusual and interesting collection of mini -stories with a gay twist. Entertaining, intriguiging, fun, and for me perfectly watchable as art and a montage of film makers forays into film making. Some were poingnant, others cynical...some plain daft but all worthy of inclusion for different reasons. I will watch it again.
I'm new to the low budget, LGBT, short films (not sure what we call them) so have decided to start on the Boys On Film collection. I did enjoy all the films apart from 1. But 1 out of 9 short films isn't so bad. Scarred was one of the ones I really did enjoy and sort of wished it was a full film instead of 10mins.
Summer - Dir. Hong Khaou - 9mins long
Starring Peter Peralta, Jay Brown
It is said that if one succeeds in catching a falling leaf in mid-flight, then a wish will be granted. Leung and Will, two teenagers, venture into the woods to catch themselves a wish but Leung longs for something that Will isn't willing to give. A touching tale about the anxiety and excitement of a boy wanting to kiss his best friend.
Gay Zombie - Dir. Michael Simon - 20 mins long
Starring Ryan Carlberg, Brad Bilanin, Robin McDonald
A sexually confused zombie meets a boy and eats another in this hilarious yet touching tale about how much more the heart bleeds when undead love is not reciprocated.
Serene Hunter - Dir. Jason Bushman - 12mins long
Starring Eric Debets, Jonathan Stringat, Flannan Obé
Luc is more interested in sweaty hook ups than romance, cruising the busy streets of Paris for his next brief encounter. However, the cynical Luc can't avoid love entirely and eventually must decide between the thrill of the chase or settling into a solid relationship.
Le Weekend - Dir. Timothy Smith - 15mins long
Starring Omar, Fernando Peres
A young, cynical French film student armed with a Super 8 camera comes to London to experience the sights and sounds. He soon befriends a stranger who shows him a side of the city he never thought he would see.
Official Selection, London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Winner, Best Short Film, Milan Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Winner, Jury Award, Calgary Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Cowboy Forever - Dir. Jean Baptiste Erreca - 26mins long
Starring Jones de Araújo, Ronald Rosa
Fictionalized from a true story, this docu-drama takes us on a journey through Brazil's Mato Grosso do Sul and into the lives of a pair of Brazilian gauchos, one of whom, Govinda, has an irrepressible attraction to fellow cowboy John.
Scarred - Dir. Damien Rea - 10mins long
Starring Chris Anderson, David Durham
The once handsome Rafi has a recently disfigured face that makes it difficult for him to meet other men. When a close friend introduces him to Joe, Rafi feels strangely drawn to the stranger. Yet he isn't sure why Joe doesn't seem to mind his scars and as Rafi knows only too well, appearances are deceiving...
Winner of the PlanetOut Short Movie Awards
Packed Lunch - Dir. Tim Hunter - 23mins long
Many swimwear designers, Speedo fanatics and its creator Peter Travis discuss why it is that gay men can't seem to get enough of these tight fitting trunks.
Mirror, Mirror - Dir. John Winter - 10mins long
Starring Roy Billing
Joe's glory days as Jana, the glamorous drag queen, are well behind him. Sitting before his familiar vanity mirror, Joe faces the difficult decision of saying goodbye to his alter ego - but feisty Jana won't fade away without a fight.
Official Selection, Frameline International Film Festival
VGL Hung! Dir. Max Barber - 20mins long
Starring Marcus Proctor, Ashley Ryder
Bored and ignored, a magical website gives short and unattractive Terry the powers to transform himself into any hunk he desires. However, being handsome and hung doesn't make life any easier. Featuring many Eurocreme stars, this is a witty modern day fairytale about how ruthless the gay scene can be.
on 9 July 2009
I thought this was a good collection of short films. Some of them are very short it has to be said. The different styles of them is quite refreshing and the contents also vary and generally they are well told. There are some quite steamy moments but this is definitely not hot gay porn, more a gentle forray into being gay and some of the lifestyle that goes with it. Some of the shorts are in French with subtitles which was interesting and somewhat distracting, however, the stories were still well told even if you had to balance looking at the words and the pictures at the same time. Enjoyable.
on 27 November 2015
A collection of shorts where you will probably find at least one which appeals, but few are likely to appreciate all of them. As a older guy, I honestly loved "Mirror, Mirror" the most, as it was honest and touching. "Scarred" was an excellent mystery; over all too soon. "VGL Hung!" turned out to be a good comedy with some tantalising glimpses of eye candy.
on 3 January 2014
Summer - Dull
Gay Zombie - terrible
Serene Hunter - Fine, but pointless
Le Weekend - good
Cowboy Forever - The best of the bunch
Scarred - Interesting
Packed Lunch - boring
Mirror Mirror - The worst of the bunch
VGL Hung! - Fun.
Four out of nine are watchable, but they are watchable on YouTube. Not worth it.