Brace - queer short film

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Brace, the LGBTQ film that tackles homophobia in London's clubbing scene, is finally finishing its highly successful festival career and will have it’s worldwide VoD release on July 1st.

'After coming out and leaving his girlfriend, Adam dreams of finding acceptance within London's gay scene.
His burgeoning freedom is soon challenged when he meets Rocky, a handsome stranger who is harboring a secret that he desperately wants to share with Adam.

As their bond strengthens and Rocky prepares to reveal his secret to Adam, their fledgling romance is ruptured by a cataclysmic event that forces the truth to come out in the most explosive manner.'

Screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide, including Outfest, Frameline, InsideOut Toronto, winner Best Short at Queer-STREIFEN, Germany, The Alfred C Kinsey Award at Bloomington Pride, Indiana, nominated for Best British Short at The Iris Prize Film Festival.

Brace is London based Jake Graf’s second short, made once again with a creative partnership alongside Alicya Eyo, star of ITV’s BadGirls and Emmerdale, and creative director and photographer Sophy Holland. Further crew include Richard Mettler (Metro Manila), with DoP Will Humphris (Children of Men, Clash of the Titans, Quantum of Solace) and an impressive original soundtrack from NY DJ duo Kazbaa.

Brace stillTransgender filmmaker and lead actor of Brace, Jake Graf, hopes to make a difference to people's perceptions of transgenderism and raise awareness of other pressing social issues tackled in Brace. Brace is Graf’s third screenplay after his previous film XWHY, which was very personal to Graf and his own transition. Graf retains that intimacy in Brace, but broadens the issues facing the LGBTQ community.

Graf says “Brace obviously deals with some very heavyweight issues, and at every screening so far we have had people in tears, many coming to me afterwards to share their stories of coming out, physical or verbal abuse, and lost love. And if nothing else, I really hope that it inspires other young filmmakers to go out, and tell their own stories. You might just change someone's whole perspective.”

London born and raised co-director, Alicya Eyo, talks about the London nightlife and the making of Brace. “Being British, I have seen firsthand what gang culture is like in London. I also grew up with the club scene out there and knew exactly how this film would look before we shot it.” 

Jake Graf
Release date
01 July 2015
Alicya Eyo
Running time
30 minutes