Sunday, February 1, 2015

Teens Like Phil • Short Film

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I recently watched a short film, and was just so moved by it, I knew I'd have to share it with you all. 'Teens Like Phil' was written and directed by Dominic Haxton & David Rosler, with additional writer Cherise Pascual. In 20 minutes of film, we are told a complete story of a young LGBT teen, as he sees his family treat gays as disposable, and the world around him become increasingly violent and aggressive. Phil is trying to find his way in the world, with parents who would rather ignore a gay brother in need than reach out to him. His best friend, Adam, is struggling with abuse in his own home, leading him to lash out, hurting Phil in order to regain some power of his own. Quickly, tension and pain begin to escalate. This is 'Teens Like Phil'.

I thought Adam Donovan as Phil and Jake Robbins as Adam were particularly effective in their roles, showing a real depth to their characters. I thought this short was excellent, exposing the issue of discrimination and bullying is a layered issue, one that often needs to be dealt with on many levels. And that the world can do with more love, and less fear, hate and rage. That just might make the journey a little bit easier for 'Teens Like Phil'.

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