Saturn’s Return 2001
26min | Short, Drama | TV Short 15 June 2001
Barney and Dimi are young men in love and are on a trip to visit Dan, Barney’s dying father. Dan is planning his suicide and wants Barney there.
I caught this film on late-night cable as part of the gay focused programming that appears each June. There is a gay relationship at the center (Barney/Dimi), but that is only one of the orbits in this universe.
How one relates to family, lover, lover’s family, self, and life and death are all important considerations of this short. Well done, very well acted.
The device of the two using a video camera spills over to the feel of the entire film. One experiences a real “slice of life” and is all the richer for it.
I would really like to see this make a DVD anthology of shorts. I would want it in my collection.
Director: Wenona Byrne
Writer: Christos Tsiolkas
Stars: Joel Edgerton, Damian Walshe-Howling, Harold Hopkins
Release Date: 15 June 2001 (Australia)
Also Known As: Saturn’s Return