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We Are Animals

August 6, 2018

This beautifully filmed, bold and daring alternate historical fable is set during the 1980s AIDS crisis. When a closeted young man finds himself in the midst of an anti-government coup, he joins in the fight against the strict regime that is being enforced upon them.

The eponymous short is so striking that its rich imagery and somewhat overwrought emotionality lingers. A punkish allegorical universe for the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, it follows Nathan, who works in a lab and takes a drug to induce celibacy. Around him, the media is on constant alert about a ‘radical group of homosexuals’ who are apparently threatening the harmony of society. A charismatic rebel – hair and clothing easily coding the difference between closeted follower and rebellious outlaw – is brought in for castration, but he sees the embers of lust in Nathan’s eyes. The closing moments of Dominic Haxton’s overcomplicated but scorching piece dance with sensuality and fire, the animalistic quality to which these outcast men have been drawn finally truly apparent – and deeply intoxicating.

a film about fear

Nathan: I don’t know what you heard, but I’m straight

Peter: So’s spaghetti till you get it wet… hot…

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From → Film, Sexuality

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