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Bodies of Water

A timeless exploration of desire and self-discovery in the face of societal homophobia.


David Lykes Keenan’s gay-themed short film takes audiences on a journey back to the early ’80s, exploring the repressed desires and closeted homosexuality of the protagonist, Marsh, portrayed by Ellar Coltrane. In a time marked by homophobia, Marsh becomes enamored with Rivers, played by Roby Attal, sparking a poignant battle between desire, fear, and burgeoning hormones.

Coltrane’s portrayal of the lonely Marsh is both charming and authentic, capturing the internal struggles faced by many young gay men during that era. Attal complements the narrative with his compelling performance, creating a duo that resonates with the audience.

Amy Bench’s cinematography successfully captures the essence of the ’80s, with well-framed shots that contribute to the film’s nostalgic atmosphere. The costume and production design further enhance the period setting, creating an immersive visual experience.

The film stands out for its incredible acting, poignancy, and authenticity, with both actors delivering performances that tug at the heartstrings. Keenan’s storytelling leads to a beautiful and hopeful conclusion, making the film not only a snapshot of a challenging time but also a timeless exploration of love and self-discovery.

Bodies of Water


Runtime: 14 min
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