Turning a queer eye on the sports experience
The Male Gaze: Strikers & Defenders is a collection of short films from NQV Media – exploring the erotic tension of boys and balls.
Four films are included in this thought-provoking collection, giving us stories from France, Germany, and the UK.
This isn’t just about steamy locker-room scenes to fuel your fap fantasies – although, Play It Like A Man delivers a solid slice of that. These are carefully crafted explorations of how our experiences shapes us, how we figure out our sexuality, and how we navigate the complexities of our queer existence.
For me, the stand-out in this collection is Through The Fields, directed by Camille Melvil and Fabien Cavacas. The quiet determination of 17-year-old Théo, the conflicted love and support of his older brother, and the growing realisation that what lies ahead isn’t going to be easy but there’s no other way. It’s an impressive film that enables you to really connect with its characters.
This is a collection of short films worth checking out. You don’t have to be into sports to enjoy these stories – the balls are just a loose theme that connects these boys. The experiences that these stories explore may not be your stories, but it’s always powerful to see the lives of queer people on screen. It’s always powerful to see queer people living their lives in all their messy glory.
Theo yearns to express his true feelings to classmate Linus. It seems there is nobody around him to understand his predicament. That is, until Mr. Kruger, seen by most as merely an odd old teacher, appears to be the one who understands Theo.
It’s summertime in the countryside. Loris and Thomas are fifteen years old. They spend their days playing football and escape boredom by carrying out pranks. When they steal their teacher’s mobile phone, they discover photos of young naked footballers in the shower. Loris seems to be the main subject of this voyeurism. Thrust headlong into an adult desire they cannot comprehend, they decide to go and visit his house.
In the aggressive and often hostile world of youth grass roots football Adam faces an ultimatum from the team captain when they discover Adam’s best friend Tom is gay.
Lucas is 22. He plays soccer with his local club, lives with his parents, and doesn’t seem in any hurry to live a more independent life. His 17-year-old brother Théo is in his second last year of high school. He is attracted to boys, and has only confided in his brother. Théo’s difference from others forces him to live a secret life, and one evening, spurred on by his need for affection and despite his brother’s warnings, he decides to meet up with Harry, a man he has met on the internet.