Giant Little Ones is now available to rent, stream or buy.
The High school ‘coming out’ movie is a staple of modern LGBTQ+ cinema, which creates a challenge for any director aiming to provide us with something new or fresh. However, with Giant Little Ones, director Keith Behrman manages to overcome this potential problem by delicately twisting and reinventing the classic sub-genre his movie sits within. Here Behrman maintains a high school movie aesthetic while offering us something much deeper as he explores a kaleidoscope of sexuality and gender issues.
Franky (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas (Darren Mann) have been close friends since childhood, spending most of their time together. However, after an alcohol-fuelled night, their friendship is tested like never before as burgeoning masculinity and teenage experimentation mix with explosive results. Early in proceedings, Behrman dispatches with the tried and tested tropes of the high school coming out story, opting for a contemporary exploration of sexuality and gender in youth culture. Here Behrman reflects the changing landscape of adolescent experience while delving into the social, gender and sexual barriers that still affect too many young people as they grow into young adults.
Giant Little Ones explores friendship, peer group, and family as we follow Franky, with some stunning performances. Here Josh Wiggins captures the confusion, anger, fun, exploration and sexual ambiguity of youth, while Darren Mann’s Ballas explores the fear, threat and confusion of threatened masculinity. The result places the fluidity of sexuality and experimentation in youth centre stage, never seeking to label its characters. Giant Littles Ones dares to be different and creative, in reflecting the contemporary journey of sexual discovery for young people.
Director: Keith Behrman