Out Now 2005
20min | Short, Drama | 24 April 2005 (Germany)
Tom, 16, lives in a small town in Bavaria and is about to admit his homosexuality to society. Being mobbed and threatened in school and after some exiting experiences he overcomes his own barriers and makes his dream come true: getting into contact with others. The Story tells us from Tom, he is gay, he is chatting with other gay boys over the internet, but he would never admit it in front of others. By coincident he finds out, that Nikias – one of the cool guys in school, who mob Tom – likes to have sexual contact with boys as well. To be more accurate: Tom finds Nikias having sex with another guy on a couch. And on top of that, there is this very cute boy from the candy shop…
This 19-minute short film “Out Now” was made 10 years ago by writer Sven J. Matten and the directors duo Schulte/Töpke. It basically tells us the story of Tom, a teenager who is about to discover his (homo)sexuality. Short films are a popular genre for this topic and this film here has basically all the ingredients: boys drooling over naked women in a magazine, a masculine sport like football, bullying and assaulting in a shower, allegedly very male guys being really gay and a stupid love story. Also the world must be very small if the guy you chat with (and have no clue who he is) is actually a fellow student in your class.
The football trainer said at one point that something (not the homosexuality) is nothing to brag about and this can also be said about this short film here. The script is really disastrous. The actors are slightly better, but not by much. It does absolutely not come as a surprise that nobody who worked on this movie (cast and crew) had a mentionable career in the last 10 years. Some of them (the lead actor for example) even quit movies completely. This film is an absolutely unrealistic mess from start to finish with zero creativity. Highly not recommended. I see that the director has a couple more films in his body of work that evolve around homosexuality. I guess that is his niche and he makes use of the fact that unfortunately people often approve of these films only because of the topic, even if they have zero filmmaking value at all. “Out Now” fits this description perfectly. Do yourself a favor and stay away.
Director: Sven J. Matten
Writers: Tina Schulte, Renatus Töpke
Stars: Dennis Prinz, Dunja Bengsch, Hanno Dobiat