›› as part of the BOYS ON FILM #13 shorts compilation - Trick & Treat ‹‹
›› Middle Man ‹‹

a short film by Charlie Francis.

2014 | 5 mins | UK.

events are not always what they appear to be.

starring: Joe Cassidy / Dave, John Cooke / Nathan, Tommy Jay Brennan / Paul and Eunice Olumide as Sandra.

Official Synopsis:

After a misunderstanding, Nathan tries to get in contact with his hearing impaired boyfriend through a type-to-talk service. Will the middle man be able to fix the situation, or will Nathan have to find another way to communicate?

Dave says:

With "misunderstanding" as its middle name, this work originally presented as part of the 2014 shortlist for the Innis & Gunn Short Film Competition wonderfully showcases what can be achieved on a modest - think for less than 1000, budget. For here we find director Charlie Francis alongside screenwriter Katie White focus on the increasingly desperate efforts of a man trying to convince his hearing impaired boyfriend that he's not been playing away from home. It's a situation that finds Nathan turning to the services of a type-to-talk agency and a Middle Man who by no surprise finds himself getting more involved in events that are not always what they appear to be.

Comical in part, yet equally poignant and presented for the main part split-screen style, this is a simple idea that's played for all its worth, even if its twist-in-the-tale ending is one that I suspect many would have preferred to have been left on the cutting room floor. As ever, see what you think courtesy this time around of the good folk at The Skinny magazine in Bonnie Scotland.

Sidenote: for a more striking example of the danger of jumping to the wrong conclusion, check out the Timothy Smith FreeView ATTACK.


Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - none. 
Overall - file under ... 3 stars. 

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