photography Melle van Essen




BOY ('the helper') tells the story of an invisible member of our society: a nameless and illegal Filipino cleaner. Moving continuously from one location to the other, he is living between being seen and being invisible, between his life with his boyfriend — an erotic dancer — and his role as financial provider for his family back home. All this changes when one of his employers commits suicide and his boyfriend auditions for a dance company. A charming photographer shows an interest in him. He wants him as a model for a photo series.

time 48" min. genre dramaoriginal format HD screenplayCecilie Levy director Tami Ravid
cast Gerald Gonzales, Arvin Quirante, Rene van Zinnicq Bergmann, Bart Klever, Fred Goessens
producer Family Affair Films dop Melle van Essen art direction Mares Thomassen sound design Tom Bijnen costume designer Bho Roosterman-Vroegen & Marcel Moerel editor Dorith Vinken composer Harry de Wit



Nederlands Film Festival 2012

Roze Filmdagen 2012
Busan international short film festival 2013
KASHISH Mumbai Queer Film Festival 2013
The Barcelona International gay & lesbian film festival 2013
Cinemasia 2014
Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2014