James (2008)

James (2008)

Director Connor Clements

Writer Connor Clements (screenplay)

Genre Short, Drama

Year 2008

Actors Niall Wright, Matt Jennings, Margaret Goodman, Gerry Doherty

IMDB : 6.6 (371 votes)


Description James has learnt to be withdrawn and secretive in a family with long buried secrets. Lonely and confused, he is drawn to one of his schoolteachers, Mr Sutherland, focusing on him as the one person who might understand his inner turmoil. When an older man approaches him in a public toilet, James panics and calls his mother, but refuses to tell her what happened. Late that night, James listens to his parents arguing about him. His fathers offhanded dismissal of his mothers concern results in a vicious row. When a devastated James turns to Mr Sutherland for help, the teachers response leads James to take an irrevocable step.


  • H M 2016-01-04 21:13:19
    I recognize this withing my mind and heart. I lived in a very similar English town and had similar interactions with adults.
  • Donald Zahnke 2016-01-03 06:45:39
    great. short. flim
  • aroogooy123 2015-12-08 04:32:15
    When I was a teenager, I found solace with some of my close friends who were also gay. It was kind of rare though, because we were heading in other directions with different friends and different cliques. Hooking up with older men is a ton of fun. This story is very similar to my teenage years. My name's also James.
  • Nichlovich Teslava 2015-11-24 05:44:53
    -- does anyone know the name of the song the choir is singing when james first comes to school? as he arrives he walks to the door where the teacher is playing piano for the girls choir. i want to know the name of that piece if anyone knows.
  • GymTrainerJOEY 2015-11-23 02:58:29
    incredibly moving. The young actor is amazing.
  • Alfredo Molina 2015-11-09 02:51:16
    Excelente pelicula, espero ayude a los padres, y que siempre escuchen a sus hijos. Excellent movie, hope it will help parents, and always listen to their children.
  • Allan Robert 2015-10-23 03:53:51
    This film affected me profoundly and on so many different facets. I found it moving because I was able to identify with the plights experienced by all the major characters therein. It was difficult to watch on account of the emotions I was made to feel, yet undeniably gorgeous.
  • Albert Bostwick 2015-10-21 22:00:42
    Very touching
  • Joe Bolingbroke 2015-09-22 19:52:54
    It's a good short film but I'm just curious on what the older man was doing with James, Was he just reaching out to him? and I'm wondering what happened next after the car drove off
  • Acolo9 2015-09-18 23:16:08
  • Jimmy Molloy 2015-09-13 13:07:35
    Great,Thanks,so good
  • Mark Wallis 2015-08-26 12:06:18
    poor James . Was nearly in tears for him
  • calin morales 2015-08-24 09:56:48
    i remember when i was about that age. i really need it some one to talk to, but nobody was available. and so i had to discovered everything on my own . it was not easy at all
  • Kevin Garrett 2015-08-22 00:15:28
    Whether homosexual or heterosexual, we all grow up with a feeling of isolation. How we reach out to the world beyond our families to find a connection, is life. I've seen tragic stories of heterosexuals who feel rejected and alone, and who, like this boy make a bad choice just because they want to feel loved. Parents and teachers need to emphasize to the children in their care that life doesn't really start until you grow up. All of the little tests you go through in elementary school and middle school are just practice for the real test of being an adult. I remember all of the races I ran in all of the years of my public school education. When I was running them it seemed so important that I win, but in the end, all of  the ribbons I collected, and all of the Certificates of Achievement I earned, didn't count for much. The important thing was that  I tried my best, and that I learned how to learn. I never dated in high school. I always felt I would have plenty of time to ruin my life with a relationship, later on, when I grew up. Why rush it?
  • Stephen Fermoyle 2015-08-18 17:56:26
    great movie
  • Jon Kent 2015-08-09 19:28:09
    This movie should be shown in every secondary school in the UK and Ireland. But most headteachers and governing bodies are still to terrified to show the truth that exists for so many young gay boys.
  • Brian Harvill 2015-08-08 22:05:40
    So extremely grateful for this film. It certainly highlights the unknowing harm that society constantly forces onto gay youth. The best of intentions are always going to end badly when that intention is not based in truth, seeing even that which is not wanted. That boy was systemically alienated right into a life of self destruction because of his need for affection and respect. Powerfully insightful and the acting was superb!
  • rc5chi 2015-08-03 15:16:11
    It's really hard to see a film about young kids feeling like they're left with no options and they make horrible choices that they are not emotionally prepared for at their age ? i've known many parents who say they want their kids to come to them with their problems, as long as it is'nt about their sexuality ? the parents can't help with what they don't understand and it always comes down to trust , respect , support and compassion .
  • Bomb Diggity 2015-07-31 11:30:12
    Love it! Amazing content! Can't wait to see what else you guys come out with.
  • Angeliquelovely 2015-07-28 18:49:10
    This was heart breaking on so many levels. When I have children i want them to be able to come to me and tell me anything their feeling.

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