9min | Short, Drama, Romance | 12 February 2006 (Germany)
Mates emerge from latency into their sexual identities. Will and Leung are pals, searching the woods of Hampstead Heath for botanical material Leung needs for a school class. Along the way, they engage in horseplay, and Will disclosed that his girlfriend recently fellated him. As they walk on, they keep coming back to the subject of oral sex. Is it curiosity and braggadocio, or are they flirting with each other? Leung crosses a line and declares himself: how will Will react?
This film lacks the experienced hand of a good producer to steer it away from being a tired and hackneyed 9 minute exploration on the well worn subject of coming out to a mate. A dedicated and ambitious producer would have spent more time developing this script into something more interesting.
Whilst the director’s composition of shots and choice of angles is appealing and shows promise he couldhave benefited from a more mature and adventurous producer’s input on the narrative and guidance on the film’s intentions. That the director has not gone on to do another larger project might have more to do with the producer’s failings and less to do with the director’s promise.
The cinematography deserves credit for capturing a still calm from the atmosphere of the woodland scenes.
Director: Hong Khaou
Writer: Hong Khaou
Stars: Peter Peralta, Jay Brown
Release Date: 12 February 2006 (Germany)
Also Known As: Пора цветения
Filming Locations: London, England, UK