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GAY & LESBIAN SHORT FILMS - 1

Most filmmakers assume the audience is heterosexual, which is why you get gay & lesbian short film festivals. Here are four of the best gay short films.



Trevor

Trevor by Peggy Rajski (1994) (US) (16m)

Trevor, written by James Lecesne and directed by Peggy Rajski, won an Oscar as well an Honorable Mention at Sundance in 1995 (though she had previously been on the jury). The film follows the growing pains of teenage Trevor who is struggling to fit in at school and whose homophobic parents seem incapable of understanding his troubled soul. The opening is slightly reminiscent to the 1971 feature film Harold and Maude - but we won't mention that!


Raw Love by Martin Deus & Juan Chappa (2008) (Argentina) (15m)

Raw Love (Amor Crudo) was co-directed by Martin Deus and Juan Chappa, with writing credits attached to the former. It is a subtle and beautifully acted short about two high school friends spending the last days of term together. There is, of course, an unsaid something simmering beneath the surface but South American society is not condusive to male lovers. Raw Love is a compelling and truthful story of mixed emotions and untold wants.

Raw Love

13 Or So Minutes

13 or So Minutes by William 15 Certificate Branden Blinn (2008) (US) (13m)

13 or So Minutes is a simple conversational short from American filmmaker William Branden Blinn (whom I presume must be gay). It focuses on the conversation between two young men who have just 'made out' ('kissed' to anyone outside America). Lawrence is not ashamed because he follows his heart and believes what he did was instinctively right. Hugh, however, is more self-conscious and less willing to accept that he has homosexual tendencies.


Majorettes In Space

15 Certificate Majorettes In Space by David Fourier (1997) (France) (6m)

Majorettees In Space (Des Majorettes Dans L'Espace) was written and directed by gay French filmmaker David Fourier, who vanished from the scene after making several shorts. Majorettes is a comical and very French lambasting of the policies of the Catholic Church - headed by the otherwise revered Jean-Paul II during the 1990s - which insisted that contraception was against God's will despite the continuing and devestating spread of AIDS.

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