a short film by Timothy Smith
2007 | 15 mins | UK
›› Le Weekend
an assured journey of self-discovery.
Le Weekend by Timothy Smith Whilst touring the film festival circuit in Brazil and Montreal with his thought-provoking work Attack, multi-skilled director, producer, cinematographer, editor and writer Timothy Smith came up with the idea for this assured short film.

Jointly written by Smith and Nyah Farier and shot and edited within five intensive weeks, the result is a work that in paying homage to noted filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, amongst others, tells the story of Seb, a young French film student who descends on London for the weekend, intent on shooting footage for his latest course assignment. Armed with his Super-8 camera, he is soon to be found filming the custom landmarks of the capital, only to become disillusioned by the experience, along the way switching the architectural beauty of St Paul's Cathedral for the welcoming company of gay-man-about-town Rafael; aka a free room for the night.

Le Weekend by Timothy Smith Only few things in life are free, as Seb who hasn't even seen a man naked before, let alone engage in close encounters of the homosexual kind, has somehow failed to tell Rafael that he's straight. Question is, does he mention this detail before or after Rafael has shown him a part of London that's certainly not included on the official tour! Yet all this is not what you think. For whilst male nudity is on view here, thanks to the well-toned physique of Brazilian-born actor and model Fernando Peres as Rafael and the now almost requisite shower scene, the true revelation is of a more meaningful nature, being that as seen through the eyes of Egyptian-born actor Omar as Seb; namely a journey of self-discovery.

It is this, coupled with a vibrant mix of music and narrative that rapidly draw you into this highly engaging piece, given that Val Rassi as the Voice of Seb aptly conveys the inner thoughts of your typical / atypical tourist and of man viewing a side of himself, as hitherto unseen. A pure delight.
 
available on DVD as part of the Peccadillo Pictures catalogue - 'Boys on Film 1: Hard Love' release.
screened as part of the 21st London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2007.
starring: Omar, Fernando Peres and Val Rassi as the Voice of Seb.
Copyright 2007 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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