a short film by Craig Boreham
2009 | 20 mins | Australia
›› Drowning
a polished piece on the fear of losing the man you love.
Drowning by Craig Boreham Beautifully shot and executed, this poignant piece achingly captures the emotional turmoil of a young man whose life is but falling apart, even if along the way I'm reminded of the hard hitting UK drama Forgive & Forget; namely the story of two close friends of differing sexuality and the girl who comes between them.

For Mik and Dan are more like brothers than best friends, an intense friendship of the almost joined at the hip variety. Only upon the sudden death of Mik’s real brother Tommy, is this truly the best time for Dan to introduce a volatile Mik to a girl only too eager to take his place?

And the answer is clearly NO, given scenes of a suicide attempt illustrate Mik's inability to cope with the death of his brother, coupled with the fear of losing the man he loves. Wonderfully played out, even if in the process Xavier Samuel’s role as a rock of compassion takes a backseat to Miles Szanto’s chip on his shoulder turn as Mik; unable as-he-is to take any more of a life turned upside down.

Complete with an Australian poolside pad straight out of a luxurious Home and Away set, this is a polished piece, constantly shifting in tone from playful fun to voyeuristic eavesdropping to taking the pee - literally. That its closure prompts more questions than it answers, makes room for a sequel, one that I’m sure would delight fans of Xavier (Twilight Saga: Eclipse) Samuel and here cue his brotherly role in Dan Castle’s coming-of-age ode to surfing, that is Newcastle. Need more be said?

Gay Visibility - post gay. 
Nudity - bare-arsed cheek. 
Overall - file under ... 4 stars. 
available on DVD as part of the Peccadillo Pictures catalogue - 'Boys on Film 6: Pacific Rim' release 28.03.2011
starring: Miles Szanto / Mik, Xavier Samuel / Dan, Tess Haubrich / Phaedra,
Bren Foster / Tommy and Sylvia Allewelt as Ma.
Copyright 2011 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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