|by Syd Briscoe|
A young man struggling with his sexuality takes centre stage in this atmospheric short film for LGBT charity Switchboard. Adam Ali puts in a fantastic performance as the central character, who first phones the advertised helpline after 'his brother' comes out of the closet to an explosive family reception.
Things evolve over several calls - taking place immediately following the confrontation, then two days and finally three months later - and it's extremely compelling to watch the character come out of his shell despite difficult circumstances. The narrative unspools in unhurried fashion, allowing us to appreciate his evolving life as something which takes time to build.
It's an insightful look at how the charity can be a stabilising influence in people's lives when they need it the most, and also presents a glimpse at the range of support they offer. This is thoughtful, emotive work from director Jordan Rossi, and should encourage LGBT people in a tough spot to seek out a friendly voice over the phone.
Product Category: Charities