Drown tells a shocking and powerful tale of toxic masculinity and repressed desire

Len (Matt Levett) is a Surf Lifesaving champion, a legend in the cloistered surf club just like his father.  But when the younger, faster, fitter Phil (Jack Matthews) arrives at the club, Len’s legendary status starts to crumble. Then Len sees Phil arriving in the company of another man; a man Phil gives a farewell kiss too. Phil is gay.

Matt Levett and Jack Matthews in Drown

Over the summer season, Len starts to form unexpected, confusing feelings for Phil.  It’s something Len cannot accept and after the annual awards dinner, Len explodes. He finds Phil in the Club House locker room and violently attacks him.

Matt Levett and Jack Matthews in Drown

But to Len’s surprise, Phil remains loyal to the pack and refuses to rat on Len about the beating in the Club House locker Room. Len stays in the Club and is free to compete in the annual Surf Lifesaving completion; a competition Len has won five times but Phil wins and Len’s defeat is final.

Matt Levett in Drown

Broken, Len refuses to die and with his best mate Meat he takes Phil on a victory bender through the seedy city in an attempt to secure an intoxicated oblivion.

Matt Levett and Jack Matthews in Drown

Arriving back at the beach where Phil won his victory the day before, Len sets upon Phil. And in a series of humiliating acts, Len finally comes face to face with a fundamental question, can he accept the truth about his sexuality and identity or will he succumb to complete oblivion.

Matt Levett in Drown

A shocking and powerful tale of toxic masculinity, repressed desire and violence, Drown is now available on Dekkoo. Watch the trailer below.

 

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