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The Time Is Now

No matter at what point in your life, coming out can be an intimidating, often overwhelming prospect. This selection of short films sensitively explores the pains and pleasures of accepting the person you truly are.

Programmed by Michael Blyth | Total running time 111min

Films in this programme
  • Image from Isha, Dir Christopher Manning


  • Image from Black Hat, Dir Sarah Smith

    Black Hat

  • Image from Break Me, Dir Irasj Asanti

    Break Me

  • Image from October Boy, Dir Søren Green

    October Boy

  • Image from Black Lips, Dir Adrian Chiarella

    Black Lips

  • Image from High Tide, Dir Claire Zhou

    High Tide

Film 1


Scared to tell his family the truth, Rahmi struggles to keep his real identity a secret.

Dir Christopher Manning. UK 2018. 15min

Film 2

Black Hat

When a Hasidic man misplaces his hat one night, his two worlds look set to collide.

Dir Sarah Smith. USA 2018. 15min

Film 3

Break Me

A young cage fighter must choose between his head and his heart after his father discovers the truth.

Dir Irasj Asanti. Norway 2018. 15min

Film 4

October Boy

For 14-year-old Thomas, the pressures of being the new kid at school escalate in ways he did not expect.

Dir Søren Green. Denmark 2018. 29min

Film 5

Black Lips

A chance encounter with a client ignites some long-hidden desires for a lonely abalone trader.

Dir Adrian Chiarella. Australia 2018. 15min

Film 6

High Tide

Stille Dorst

A recently divorced man forms an unexpected connection with his new landlord.

Dir Claire Zhou. Netherlands 2018. 22min

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