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Description James has learnt to be withdrawn and secretive in a family with long buried secrets.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.


  • Danielle Rhye Avrahamovic 2015-07-24 09:58:37
    ahh, I get the notion here. Young, naive, innocent, virgin homosexuals are being rejected by homophobes everyday and that's how gays end up homeless on the street as prostitutes or cross-dressing at clubs. But in America I'm glad that we have RuPaul, Boy George, St. James, and shitload of other successful fags to help us fight against homophobia lolllzzz
  • Leon Squared 2015-07-20 08:05:52
    This movie is exactly what happened to me when I was 13. Gay sex in public toilets was rife in the 90's and many boys some as young as 12 got caught up in it. We often went with older men, we didn't know any better and had no one to talk to.
  • Johnlock Phannypants -Must be a Weasley- 2015-07-20 02:36:41
    WHAT JUST- WHAT- WHY_ why... dear god why this made me want to hug, punch, and scream at someone all at the same time. OH MY GOD I JUST SAW THE ENDING OH MY DEAR GOD-
  • Fernando Arroyo 2015-07-13 23:23:37
    This is very common, in that young gay people do not get the opportunity for the help they need in coming to terms with their sexuality. It's bad enough being and growing up a teenager in this day and age and having to face your changing bodies, hormones and the seeming new and weird perspectives in life. I know exactly how this young boy felt because I went through it myself. This is why this film was so effective, it touched a cord in many who went through the same things or are going through it. I was hoping Mr. Sutherland would've been able to direct James towards the right kind of help but fear took him over to the detriment of James. He was crushed beyond what he probably could take.  Brilliant acting on the boy's part and great depiction of the realities in life.
  • Richard 2015-07-13 15:15:08
    The boy is surrounded by adults, all of whom are just as unhappy as he is.  Mum and Dad, the stranger and the teacher, all have their own personal issues and all reject the only thing he is after - LOVE !  Great acting and a moving story.  I just hope this film opens peoples eyes to what some young people go through !
  • beorge samson 2015-07-01 09:36:55
    seems every other week in the news some gay guy is rapeing a boy, almost as common as pitt bull attacks.
  • Bradley Higgins 2015-06-29 00:05:33
    You know I have loved this film sence it came out. I have watched it many times and I feel the same way after watching as I always do. I feel sorry for him! I hate that he has to get in with a total stranger that could just take avantage of him.  I feel sorry he couldnt find someone his own age like he to help him explore. I love the film and will continue to watch it off and on but I always feel so sad for him. Then feel sad that there are others just like him out there.  When I came out at least I had a family member that had already came out so I was able to lean on him for support.
  • Fabio A. Pabon M. Curandero tango 2015-06-19 09:40:59
    Very!!... Very!!.. very sad!!..  It is terrible for a gay kid to be a thing like this his first experience!! very sad!!.. FOR YOUR INFORMATION = https://youtu.be/yAvEWpBXGvA
  • Brook Paris 2015-06-18 15:06:49
    Really great film but it's sad the kid felt the need to turn to someone a lot older than him for well that
  • 12nat3080 2015-06-18 03:53:36
    I guess that's one way to get an answer.
  • William George 2015-06-18 00:52:41
    Great: When given enough room mixing of generations will happen.  I know in my own case I heard my mom late in her almost 90 years say, "I couldn't keep William away from that man."  Of course she couldn't he was a gate to the rest of the world.
  • frank6th 2015-06-13 22:51:56
    If it was not for all the stupid religious false condemning of gay people, James would have been able to find like minded friends his own age that were not forced to be closeted out of sight and could have a happy and romantic life. There is not a single condemning Christian that actually lives by the same fraudulent scriptures they condemn others with. James is as God made him and he should be entitled to equal happiness in his life as anyone else no matter what the gender is of the person he is attracted too! It's all crap and lies and I would not say that without proof, so time things changed and we put an end to inequality!
  • Spring Creek 2015-06-11 08:05:22
    This is so fucking weird!!!Is the kids want sex??I think the kids want to sex!!!That is fucking stupid!!!Some time,I am like that kids but I don't sex with older people!!!I control myself that saturation!!!!I don't have any friends in school!!!And I am probably Gay!!!I don't know myself!!!But this video is kind of weird to me!!!!
  • Lepewhi 2015-06-09 08:29:49
    Excellent! The child actor was amazing;
  • jSmediathek 2015-06-01 11:54:30
    Leider kann ich nur von den Bildern ablesen was gesagt wird, da ich kein Englisch verstehe. Mein Bedauern das ich in der Schule kein Englisch hatte! Vielleicht, kann mir jemand helfen mit Untertiteln!?
  • Takeshi Watanabe 2015-04-13 19:43:51
    i'm not sad in the end, i'm outraged!!! I was raped by a male relative when i was 7, when he was supposed to take care of me when my parent away. I was so scared to say anything to my parent after that. They wouldnt care either, they r just like the parent in this film. I see myself through James and cannot holding my anger. The past has been haunting me all my life that I literally will kill a pedophile if I find out any. FOR GOD'S SAKE, STAY AWAY FROM CHILDREN!!!
  • Hendi Beltz 2015-01-26 11:18:47
    I bullied when i was elementary but it gets better when i am junior high school now
  • Peter Shackleton 2015-01-17 09:53:56
    Amazingly realistic performances - we're all hoping for a happy outcome for this delicately portrayed character.  Really good short film making doesn't have to answer all the questions, but, like this, progresses the debate. Excellent - adding the DVD to my collection. -  More work like this needs to be made.
  • Ganymede1135 2014-12-22 02:54:34
    One of my favorite short films :) This is a story a lot of people can relate to. I could definitely see a lot of myself in James character. As a kid, I kept to myself mostly, immersing myself in a good book and listened to music to ignore what others said about me 1:18. I started liking guys when I was 11 before I even knew what being gay meant and for a long time spent seeking to understand it and accept myself. I only wish James love interest was a kid his own age or a teenager. Relationships between older and younger men just gross me out tbh- no offense to anybody. Still, this is a good film everyone should see and the actor who played the title role is a great young actor!
  • seraut wajah 2014-10-27 14:09:40
    Its even hard growing old ask me more Mr diversity

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