Dusk is the latest short from the hugely talented Jake Graf and the second in the trilogy (the first being Dawn). Planet Nation is proud to have been supporting Jake for a few years now, and have been hotly anticipating this latest short, which did not disappoint.
Dusk is set in 1950's England using a series of flashbacks to tell the story of Chris. It tells a beautiful story that I have no doubt many LGBT people who grew up in the 50s will understand and relate to. For those of us a little younger, it is an insight into what life was like before we were able to walk down the road holding hands and when LGBT people were not accepted.
Jake always manages to create quality content on a decent budget. This is certainly the case and I would say that Dusk is indeed his best work to date. Recently announced as being accepted onto the BFI Flare mentorship scheme I'm sure his talents will continue to grow and I'm already chasing him down to find out what is next.
There does need to be a slight trigger warning for violence - although nothing is actually shown, the expert filming still creates the shock necessary to make the scene powerful and emotive with your brain filling in the blanks thanks to the powerful cinematography.
If you haven't seen any of Jake's content before, a recent project Headspace is available to view. Dawn is still on the festival circuit so isn't available as yet.
Planet Nation is proud to support independent LGBT film and for this project assisted in providing one of the main locations.
Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society.
A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie, and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it's those that truly define us.