"In 6 minutes, Brian and Karl’s new short film Putting on the Dish creates a complete environment of the homosexual under Britain’s anti-homosexuality laws." - Julius Kassendorf, The Solute.
"A fantastic short...It’s a poignant scene, made all the more so by our knowledge that this exquisite mode of communication will soon only exist in museums and preservation documents like this film." - J. Bryan Lowder, Slate.
"A magnificent example of how great films can emerge from simple ideas...astutely written and delivered with perfect timing." - Jennie Kermode, Eye For Film.
London, 1962. Two strangers strike up a conversation on a park bench about life, sex and the hostile world they find themselves in as gay men. The conversation might be commonplace, but the language isn't, because the two men are speaking in Polari.
Polari was a form of slang spoken by some gay men in Britain prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. Used primarily as a coded way for them to discuss their experiences, it quickly fell out of use in the 70s, although several words entered mainstream English and are still used today.
For more about Polari: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polari
To read the screenplay: brianandkarl.tumblr.com/post/122421969778/
For translation and analysis of the screenplay: genius.com/Brian-and-karl-putting-on-the-dish-annotated
OFFICIAL SELECTION: London Short Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Portobello Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: GFEST - Gaywise Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: New York City Short Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Leeds Queer Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: The Shortest Nights Film Festival
Written & Directed by Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston
Maureen: Steve Wickenden
Roberta: Neil Chinneck
Director of Photography: Benjamin Barber
Camera Assist: Antonis Tsiakos
Sound Recordist: Patrick Casey
Sound Mixer: James Wright
Colourist: Jack McGinity
Edit: Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston
Production Assistant: Brad Hoyland
Stills: Chris Parkes