'The Visitor' by Dan Castle [Gay-themed filmed short-subject
Michael is avoiding phone calls regarding his dear friend and former lover Chris who is dying back in America. While trying to write, he is disturbed by the noisy surfers next door as they get ready for a weekend away of surf. C.K., one of the surfers, remains behind to surf the local beach. At the beach cafe for lunch with his old friend Angus, Michael again avoids discussing Chris back in America. Angus catches Michael watching C.K. on the beach and teases him but Michael denies any interest in the surfer. Left on his own, Michael watches C.K. catch a series of waves. After a big wave and a wipe out, C.K. disappears in the surf. Michael looses site of C.K. until he sees him on the beach taking off his wetsuit before he heads back home. Michael remains on the beach then makes his way home. Once inside his house, Michael sees C.K. walking towards him on his way to the living room where he makes himself at home. Michael does not know why the surfer is in his house but before the night is over he will discover more about himself than he may have been ready for.
An old man's fantasy or an old man's luck? An aging writer has taken a house near Sydney's Tamarama Beach and is trying to write a novel while trying to put the impending death of an ex lover from his mind. Outside his house several attractive young surfers appear to check out the surf and to change. At first he is annoyed and then intrigued by the attractive young men.
When one of the surfers remains behind the old man encounters him several times during the day and is then surprised to find that the young man has let himself into the older man's house.
Having the young man splayed on his sofa he is uncertain as to whether he should be afraid or enthralled.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable short and the thoughts of the main character was wonderful to read on his face, but I would have enjoyed it more if we had spent more time learning the back story of all of the characters and less time reaching a somewhat hackneyed conclusion.
From the Director of 2007's feature-length film 'Zona Rosa', 2009's feature-length film 'Newcastle' and 2001's short-subject '... Lost'.
Jour de Fête Films
Australia, 2002, 30 min.
Directed by Dan Castle
Another remarkable film, like many I've been uploading here from time to time, which should be considered ample reayounger for supporting Independent Short-subject Film-makers. I strongly encourage everyone, whenever possible, to purchase a copy of the retail DvD, and experience for yourself 'first-hand' the artist's vision as he truly intended.