James | Ireland
Dir: Connor Clements
Curated by Future Shorts
James focuses on a boy in Northern Ireland isolated by his sexuality, alienated from his family due to his parent’s marital troubles, the title character “James” reaches out in desperation to his teacher for support and guidance.
As a first-time writer/director, this film was my graduate project. My aim was to document a universal experience among gays and lesbians, through a new angle, crafting a story that is of course personal and local, but also challenges all viewers, not just LGBTQI viewers, with questions regarding teachers and students, that resonate in our culture.