Young and Restless | Chicago Reader

Young and Restless

One of Them (1998), Stewart Main's stark 46-minute drama about growing up gay in middle-class New Zealand, proves you don't need a lot of screen time to pack a wallop. The delinquent Lemmy and his sweeter, gentler sidekick, Jamie, flip through fashion magazines, cause trouble, and dream of the day they can escape to London, Paris, or New York. Scripted by Peter Wells from his own short story and shot with finesse by Paul Sullivan, the film contains many haunting images, such as Lemmy's suicide attempt and the boys' trashing of a vacation cottage. The other entries in this program of shorts suffer by comparison: Bryan McHenry's Drawing Girls (1999), about two adolescent friends who discover their divergent sexual interests while drawing superheroes, and Stuart Vauvert's 1999 Australian short Heather Locklear Chocolate, about a young man whose quest in life is to find the best nail polish, are so sloppily assembled that they seem like student films. The young scapegoat in Richard Fung and Tim McCaskell's Canadian short School Fag (1998) and the 12-year-old drag prodigy in Stacey Foiles's whimsical Jake: Today I Become a Man are interesting enough to merit full-length documentaries, but neither of these videos is long enough to do them justice.

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