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  • Actors: Hillel Kapon, David Alfonso, Julien Gauthier, Korken Alexander
  • Directors: Nadav Gal, Marialy Rivas, Pascal-Alex Vincent, Michael J. Saul
  • Producers: Ronnie Gamar, Oded Turgeman, Peter Scheede, Heath Daniels, Nicolas Breviere
  • 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: 25 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NEQ7QG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,557 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Nine more award-winning short film favourites from the hugely popular Boys On Film canon, from four different continents and celebrated film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Outfest, Frameline and many more.

Boys will be boys in Pascal Alex Vincent s FAR WEST and CANDY BOY, where a farmyard and an orphanage get a gay makeover. GO GO REJECT sees Flashdance obsessive Daniel aims for the stars, as SWEAT has Holby City s David Paisley infiltrating a bath house with unexpected results. Meanwhile, love proves to be timeless when LAST CALL unites past and present, but TWO YOUNG MEN, UT hints at an uncertain future. Looking back on the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, BLOKES focuses on the sexual awakening of a peeping Tom. Two more young boys; a confused JAMES and mute DAVID, both reach out for an experienced hand, but will they find what they are looking for?

Candy Boy Dir. Pascal-Alex Vincent (France) 13mins 2007

Panic at the orphanage! Children start falling mysteriously ill left right and centre. Candy Boy, the most valiant of the orphans, leads the inquiry. But our hero s investigations are complicated by the arrival of a beautiful new resident...From the director of Give Me Your Hand.

Two Young Men, UT Dir. Sam McConnell (USA) 17mins 2009

Will and Eli meet by chance in a bar and head to the salt flats searching for a party. In the process, however, they take the first steps towards finding and accepting themselves.

Blokes Dir. Marialy Rivas (Chile) 15mins 2010

Santiago, Chile, 1986. Blokes tells the story of the sexual awakening of a boy during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Desire can result in a very different outcome depending on the moment that you live.

Last Call Dir. Nick Corporon (USA) 18mins 2009

After a tragic accident, Gavin is offered the chance to re-live three memories he shared with his ex-boyfriend, who recently passed away, by a mysterious bartender. Gavin takes the offer, but Fate has other plans...

Go Go Reject Dir. Michael J Saul (USA) 20mins 2010

Daniel Ferguson yearns to leave his job at Yogurt World and fulfil his childhood dream of becoming the Jennifer Beals of male go-go dancing, yet his Flashdance fantasy comes a cropper when the clubs specify only muscular dancers. Undaunted, Daniel turns his small frame into a huge success.

David Dir. Roberto Fiesco (Mexico) 14mins 2005

Unemployed businessman José, looking for work in the city, finds instead David; a much younger man who whilst mute, has no problem in communicating his desire for sex. Roberto Fiesco is the producer of Broken Sky, Bramadero and Raging Sun, Raging Sky.

Far West Dir. Pascal-Alex Vincent (France) 17mins 2003 Eric is forced to spend his holidays on his grandfather s farm in the countryside. Bored out of his mind, an unexpected visit from OTT friends Mika and Koko, and the appearance of a hunky farmhand, pull Eric out of the doldrums. From the director of Give Me Your Hand.

Sweat Dir. John Lochland (UK) 15mins 2009

Starring David Paisley and shot in the bath houses of London s Vauxhall, Sweat portrays Simon s first steps in the sauna scene. How much trouble can one boy get into, or out of?

James Dir. Connor Clements (Northern Ireland) 17mins 2009

Focusing on a boy in Northern Ireland isolated by his sexuality and alienated from his family due to his parent s marital troubles, James reaches out in desperation to his teacher for support and guidance.

Extras:

  • Animé storyboards and sketches from CANDY BOY
  • Gag Reel, Behind the Scenes, GO GO REJECT
  • Behind the Scenes Gallery, FAR WEST

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The BOYS ON FILM series no longer needs any introduction. This fifth volume is as engaging and diverse as its predecessors, and it is satisfying to see a range of nationalities represented, including Chile, France and Mexico. Synopses of the individual films are provided in the product description - so a few observations will suffice to introduce the variety of themes.

As always with short film collections, there are clear highs and lows. "Sweat" (UK) is a fairly tedious and predictable troll through a Vauxhall sauna, and "Last Call" (USA) is a dull and unoriginal reminiscence by a man-in-purgatory of mistakes that he has made. Happily, these quickly-forgettable shorts are in the minority, and the remaining seven films all have something to offer.

French director Pascal-Alex Vincent ('Give Me Your Hand') is afforded two slots in this collection: "Far West", a clever and entertaining story in which an urbane dancer finds himself in a rural outback town; and "Candy Boy", an unusual, anime-style adventure of a boy in an orphanage whose leadership is challenged by a troublesome yet enticing new arrival.

"David" (hailing from Mexico) contributes a touching lyricism, in its depiction of a mute young man's desire for an older Mexican man; and "Go Go Reject" is worth a mention for its injection of camp comedy into a generally serious collection.

Finally, pride of place to two absolutely outstanding shorts, each of which is - alone - worth the price of this collection and qualify it for its 5-star rating:

First, Connor Clements's "James" from Northern Ireland: a truly wonderful, and highly authentic, portrait of an isolated 15-year-old male, whose palpable desires for physical connection are consistently denied to him by our culture.
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Most of these short films are based on very deep study of the human condition - one sees reflections of one's own life which shows that these are based on what happens in real life. Whether one is gay or not does not matter in watching these films because they show aspects of life that many must have experienced regardless of their sexual inclinations.
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This is another in the series of short gay themed films, from those nice folk at Peccadillo. And I must say they just keep getting better. This has nine films - yes nine and starts with one from the US called `Two Young Men,UT', which is a sort of chance meeting coming out tale. Nice to see Sniffn'the tears `Driving Seat' being used as an outro.

`Sweat' features Holby Citys David Paisley (or just David Paisley as his mates call him) who goes to the Chariots Sauna in Vauxhall, to prove he is being adventurous; this is after his boyfriend dumps him for being dull. I could put up with some dull if you get my drift and nice to see the inside of the `sauna' as I have never had the courage to go in (or been too squiffy).

`Blokes', takes us to Santiago, Chile in 1986, where Pinochets' Junta are having a crackdown, intermingled with unrequited lust of a young school boy. It has some great happy music which is used to juxtapose the violence on screen.

`Last Call', is an American ghost type story with an alcoholic gay man in the last chance saloon to relive the important moments of his life. Very interesting and well acted.

`Far West' is a French camp comedy where if you ain't already `out' you just ain't trying. This is one of my favourites, as Eric is forced to spend a week with his austere Grand Pere, who has a hot handy man. Then his two uber camp cowboy wannabe mates turn up, and it all starts happening- brilliant.

`James', is one of the most interesting tales. It is from Northern Ireland and features a lad `James', who is brilliantly acted, and who is struggling with his sexuality - I struggled with mine once, but it all come good in the end. He flirts with toilet adventure and then decides to seek help at school.
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There are nine more short gay films in the fifth instalment of the ‘Boys on Film’ series. Subtitled ‘Candy Boy’, three are from the USA, two from the UK, and there is one each from Chile, France, and Mexico. They date from between 2003 and 2010, and I classify six of them as dramas, two of them as comedies, and one of them is an animation. I also reckon that six of the nine are worth four stars, the remaining three only three stars. What follows is a brief resume of their contents without any plot-spoilers.

First up is ‘Two Young men, UT’ (*4). No, not a film about two suited young male Mormon missionaries – though that would make a good subject in itself. Instead, we have an interesting short about two young men from different backgrounds meeting in gay bar. What happens is good enough for a sequel or even a full film.

‘Sweat’ (*3) sees Simon take his first dip into the London scene. ‘Blokes’ (*4) is the Chilean film. It depicts life in 1980s Chile under the Pinochet regime. Schoolboy Lucho gazes out from his flat window and caresses with his eyes the object of his desires in the flat across the courtyard. But at night his eyes leads to sorry consequences.

‘Last Call’ (*4) tells the tale of a spectral bartender helping Gavin, a dead alcoholic, comes to terms with his feelings for his lover Mark. Sounds corny, but is thankfully far from it. The French film is ‘Far West’ (*4). Dancer Ricky heads west from Paris to his grandfather’s farm in the sticks near Chartres. He is followed by his two camp dancer friends, Koko and Mika. Ricky tries to hide his sexuality from his grandfather, little knowing that the latter …

Northern Irish schoolboy ‘James’ (*4) is vulnerable and lonely, but bravely tries to communicate his fears about being gay.
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