Film #234: We Are Animals (2013)

we-are-animalsdirector: Dominic Haxton
language: English
length: 13 minutes
watched on: Oct 16 2016
Boys on Film 11 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)

I already wrote two reviews of the Boys on Film DVDs: this one and that one. I’m still experimenting with the format of my blog, I guess, because I’ve decided that I should write the eight short film reviews separately. Perhaps I’ll tie them up separately. Part of the reason is that I want to get the posts out there quicker – if I write them all up in one post it takes a long time to compose and it runs up to two or three thousand words. This way should be easier.

As with the other DVDs, the quality of the filmmaking is generally high, and the production values of each movie were strong. I’m gonna keep watching these, I think.

bof11We Are Animals is the first film on “Boys on Film 11”, and it lends its name to the title of that DVD – although the image is from a later movie. It’s set in the 1980s during an alternate-universe version of the AIDS crisis.

It starts with a voiceover from a TV or radio show, from anti-gay propaganda. The movie follows the main character into a dangerous quarantine zone, where he ends up in a medical facility, where he is to castrate a Robert Pattinson lookalike. This other guy starts seducing him instead, and takes him away to an outdoor location far from the city, where they are setting up some kind of magical gay commune where everyone can fuck like rabbits, or something.

It depicts animalistic sex (although not explicitly), but it’s got an abusive streak throughout, and I didn’t like that. I also thought the movie was just a bit weird, and I wasn’t sure what to think of it. A lot of it is inevitable – you just know that despite the cries of “I’m straight”, the main character is nothing of the sort. But actually I think I’d rather see a full feature version of this, see if they can’t turn it into something even more explicitly queer-nationalist. That might be more interesting.

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