Confessions a drama about a broken man in search of a guiding light, smothered by a homophobic society. Marco, a young gay man, is determined to define “sin”, as well as the true meaning of “love”, in a cold and isolated journey of self-discovery.
Writer and Director, Cameron Lawry, says conversations between the LGBTQ+ community and religious organisations have always been complicated. On one hand, love and acceptance is preached (but not necessarily practiced), on the other hand minority groups are pushed out for being different, or even taboo.
“I wanted to tackle the issue of homophobia in South Africa. Our constitution might be dubbed as one of the most progressive, but the lived experience shows the disparity. Much like the government, the church plays a major role in shaping the minds of society. Spewing love with strings attached seems hypocritical, and I wanted to unpack this seemingly hushed tundra,” says Lawry.
“With a passionate crew and a multifaceted cast, we set off to uncover why many LGBTQ+ people feel alone, misinformed and constantly try to wedge themselves into a box defined by society. We wanted to create a powerful narrative, with the hope of forging conversations that will one day lead to us to not only having equal rights, but equal lived experiences.”
The short film is a passion project by AFDA Cape Town students who, through storytelling, aim to give a voice and platform to those who have been ostracised and silenced.
So what is the short film about?
Marco, a young gay man grieving the loss of his lover, Tom, returns to his church for guidance and support. It is here where he once again connects with Father Ray, a Catholic priest determined to maintain traditions. How will this alter Marco’s view and acceptance of himself? Will he accept his label as “sinner”? Will he seek absolution for his “sins”? Will he lose himself completely?
You can get the answers to these questions at the premiere of Confessions on Friday, 22 November 2019. The premiere will take place at South Africa’s oldest cinema, The Labia, in Cape Town at 20:20. You can enjoy the gripping tale with a glass of Merlot or gin slushy and popcorn.
There will also be a panel discussion around the themes of sexuality and religion, posing the question: Can these two coexist? The panel will consist of a variety of different people from both spectrums. Please join us and allow your voice to be heard on 18 November at 18:30 in the Actors Studio at AFDA, Observatory, Cape Town.