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Eight Gay Shorts of varying quality
on 14 December 2013
This is the tenth in the series of gay short films released by Peccadillo. And as all collections go the quality and content varies. The first is a French / Belgian ballet, based short drama that was ok. The second `A stable for disabled horses' is a British tale in black and white and was quite enjoyable. The third was for me the most interesting and that is `Little Boy Gay Christ has died'. This is about a young lad who does stuff mainly around `s and m' fetishes and I am not at all sure if he is getting paid. It was the most intriguing of the collection and is in French with some English.
The fourth is a Welsh tale about a haunting at a disused Welsh youth centre, which sadly lacked any grain of originality albeit that it was very well made and acted. The fifth was an American offering which seemed absolutely pointless, too much `mood' lighting and nothing much happening. `Teens like Phil' saved the American front by being a ruddy excellent tale of homophobia in High School that doesn't pull its' punches and has enough going on to be developed into a feature length offering.
`Inflatable Swamp' is pure art house with a hustler who keeps a record of his conquests on balloons that he releases in his bathroom. I know it sounds a bit - `so what?' But actually it really works, there is virtually no dialogue either so everything is told in the visuals and as such was a very good effort. The final film `Yeah Kowalski' was a lovely little American film about a young boy who is obsessed with growing up and growing pubic hair. It was an absolute delight and a great way to end this collection. This is not an excellent offering but it is quite good, there was not that much sex in this lot as some previous ones but that is more than fine by me as it explored a much wider vein of gay cinema and the World is better with more variety so I hope they continue with this fascinating series.