We Are Animals 2013
13min | Short, Sci-Fi | 28 June 2013 (USA)
In this alternate history fable set in the 1980s AIDS Crisis, a closeted young man is thrust into the midst of an anti-government coup and finds that the animal within is stronger than the monsters that oppress.
A dystopian revisionist period piece set during the 1980s AIDS crisis where a repressive government hunts gay men down, convicts them and tortures them with castration. A young man who’s closeted and works for the regime is assigned to prep the latest catch for the inhumane procedure but the prisoner is actually the leader of the revolutionary group that’s fighting the repression so the young man’s life is bound to change radically as he has the opportunity to finally be himself. Will he find the courage to rebel? Stylish and almost Terry Gilliam-esque, We Are Animals stands out for its look but maybe feels a bit too much like a teaser for a feature film, despite the story being self-contained. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that but given the interesting world created, it feels like once this world has been established we are not left with enough time to get into it. That said, it’s still an original piece worthy of attention.
Director: Dominic Haxton
Writer: Dominic Haxton
Stars: Daniel Landroche, Clint Napier, Drew Droege
Release Date: 28 June 2013 (USA)