The Boys On Film series from Peccadillo Pictures has become incredibly popular. The gay short film collections are themed and offer an insight into LGBT film-making from all over the world. It’s an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of directors and film-makers who may not otherwise get the exposure and attention they deserve. Ahead of the festive season the series releases its latest collection Boys On Film 12: Confession.
Confession collects together 9 short films that explore hidden secrets and private lives in a variety of different ways. The collection opens with Robert Hawk’s short Home From The Gym which is a titillating 6 mins featuring an unnamed guy arriving home and undressing before taking a moment to capture his breath. It’s a rather vague start to the collection but the cinematography captures the beauty in the rather run-of-the-mill activity.
From there on in Boys On Film 12: Confession digs deeper and offers plenty of food for thought. Good Morning tells the story of a 30 year old who wakes up after a very drunken birthday celebration to find a 17-year-old boy on his couch. With little recollection of the events that took place the night before, the two discuss their encounter which brings out discussions around age and sexual identity.
The finest short on this collection is the Swiss film Age 17. Director Fillippo Demarchi tells the story of 17-year-old Matteo who realises he’s falling in love with the priest that leads his marching band. The teenager struggles with his feelings, finding ways to be alone with the object of his desire all the while keeping his girlfriend and his friends in the dark. The film is relatable and no doubt will resonate with anyone who found themselves coming to terms with their sexuality at a young age and trying to suppress a crush that is likely never going to amount to anything.
Elsewhere on the collection there’s the trippy animated short Cruise Control, Human Warmth explores the deep and disturbing connection young couple Antoine and Bruno have, and a hustler spends the night with an unusual client in Tonight It’s Me.
Boys On Film 12: Confession, like all of the instalments in the series, is a hit-and-miss affair. Whilst each short is interesting in its own way, not all of them will leave a lasting impression. Regardless it’s really interesting to see what LGBT filmmakers around the globe are doing and there are enough shorts here that impress.