Worlds collide as the lives of Cal and Olivier intersect in SHANK, a gritty coming of age/rites of passage drama.
Cal, an 18 year old Scally lad and gang member has nothing in his life except drugs, sex, random acts of violence and a secret that he keeps hidden from his mates. An online hook up for sex with a stranger, temporarily satisfies but fails to dampen his unspoken desires for his best mate, Jonno. Nessa, their twisted, foul-mouthed and controlling gang leader, suspects that there is something going on between them but she can't put her finger on it. Jonno, putty in Nessa'a hands, can't express his own deep rooted and unrequited attachment to Cal. Manipulating situations that bring her closer to having her suspicions confirmed, Nessa sets out about dividing loyalties and encouraging conflict.
For no good reason an innocent student, Olivier (19), falls victim to one of her plans and is mugged on her orders by the gang. Cal steps in to restrain them and creates a distraction allowing Olivier to run free. Ignoring Nessa's screams of contempt, he chases after him and offers him a lift by way of an apology. Fearing that the fall-out from Nessa for his actions will be harsh, Cal persuades Olivier to help him out. Seizing the moral high ground and sensing that there was something more to Cal's good samaritan act, Olivier allows Cal to stay with him for a few days.
Acting on his own attraction to Cal, Olivier seduces him and in doing so, exposes Cal to new emotions and a tenderness that he has never experienced before. Very soon they are overtaken by the embrace of the first flush of love.
Nessa can't contain her rage for Cal's disloyalty to the gang and sets about hunting him down, intent on destroying him once and for all. With her gang in tow and Jonno tightly wound up, she kidnaps Olivier, taunting Cal with video messages via her mobile phone, to come and save his boyfriend.
Arriving at the abandoned factory where they are all waiting for him, Cal squares up to Nessa and Jonno. As the showdown unfolds, Nessa loses all control of events and Jonno explodes in act of sexual aggression that leaves no one unscathed and everyone traumatized. Shocked by what she has witnessed, Nessa realizes she will now never be able to break the bond between Cal and Olivier.
Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Audience Award - Best Film
Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Emerging Talent in Queer Cinema - Simon Pearce
San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2009
Atlantic Film Festival 2009
2009 Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2009
Brisbane Annual Queer Film Festival 2010
FilmOut San Diego 2010
Lisbon Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2009
Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2009
Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2009
North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2009
Philadelphia Qfest 2009
Tel Aviv Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2009
Torino Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2009
Verzaubert Film Festival 2009
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