04th Nov2015

Drown (DVD)

by timbaros

Matt Levett as Len in DROWN (3)Three lifeguards pal around until things turn ugly one night in the new film ‘Drown.’

‘Drown’ is a film with very ugly overtones. And it’s not even a positive portrayal of a young gay man who continues to get beaten up and up by an evil homophobic asshole. Handsome Jack Matthews plays Phil. He’s the newby lifeguard in a team that includes the unpredictable and very volatile Len (Matt Levett). They form a trio with fellow lifeguard nick-named Meat (Harry Cook), and together all three bond, in some sort of strange way.

Len has some kind of strange fascination for Phil, it’s either because Phil is gay and Len doesn’t like it or because Len is secretly attracted to Phil, though won’t admit it to himself. Len is also jealous of Meat, because of his very large penis (not shown unfortunately). But when Phil beats Len in a Lifeguard competition, it causes Len to fume with anger and more jealously because he was beaten by a homosexual. Len’s anger grows even more after Phil’s very handsome boyfriend Tom (Sam Anderson) enters the picture.

‘Drown’ is told in flashbacks beginning with their night out to celebrate Phil’s win. But it’s a night out that turns out to be both dangerous, and extremely absurd. In flashbacks taking us away from that night out, we see Len beating Phil up, but Phil denies Len ever doing so, and we’re not told why. Surely an extremely homophobic lifeguard with sadistic tendencies needs to be shown the door? And perhaps arrested? Meat is an accomplice to Len’s evil doings – he’s the bitch that Len seems to desperately want. Len even orders Meat to take off injured Phil’s clothes off on a deserted beach? Including his underwear. And most of the time the dialogue is ridiculous, especially in the moments when Len and Meat are discussing Meat’s large penis. I was just hoping Len would either put it in his mouth or take it up his arse, just to relieve some of his sexual anxiety. And while there are beautiful images of the men swimming, and sunsets, and a woman who swims and swims out to the ocean with the likelihood that she won’t be coming back used as a metaphor for Len’s personality, it all makes for a highly uncomfortable and almost unwatchable 93 minute film.

Out on DVD & On-Demand: 12 October 2015

Country: Australia
Duration: 93 mins approx. / Language: English
Cert: 18 / RRP: £15.99
Extra Features: Trailer, Behind The Scenes



Drown [DVD] (DVD)

Director: Dean Francis
Starring: Matt Levett, Jack Matthews, Harry Cook, Maya Stange
Rating: Suitable for 18 years and over

Dean Francis co-writes and directs this gay-themed Australian drama. The film follows the arrogant head lifeguard Len Smithy (Matt Levett) whose dominant reign of the beach is threatened by the arrival of his new colleague Phil (Jack Matthews), who saves a boy from drowning on his first day on the job. Tensions come to a head on a celebratory night out after Phil wins the annual Sydney life-saving competition and Len's jealousy is pushed over the edge.Based on: The play by Stephen Davis Technical Specs: Languages(s): EnglishInteractive Menu
New From: £2.99 GBP In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

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