The hilarious dark high school comedy Guidance is now available on Dekkoo

Guidance follows David Gold (writer/director/star Pat Mills), a 36-year old, pathologically immature former child actor who has never been able to get over his high school years. Recently diagnosed with skin cancer, unemployed and with nothing left to lose, he fakes his resume and gets a job as a high school guidance counselor.

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Quickly winning over the students at Grusin High with his laidback attitude and similar interests, he befriends Jabrielle (Zahra Bentham), a teenage outcast, and soon learns that sometimes you can go too far, especially when it comes to committing a ridiculous crime.

Hailed as a “Grade A” comedy by the Los Angeles Times and named as a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times, Guidance is riotously funny, filled with fast-paced comedic timing, witty dialogue and a winning performance from jack-of-all-trades creator Pat Mills.

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Watch the trailer for this darkly funny film below and skip on over to Dekkoo, where the full film is available now.

Short Film Spotlight: Daniel. Noah.

Noah (Spencer Carter) is a neurotic writer who spends the majority of his time idling in a New York townhouse owned by his mother Carla (Victoria Guthrie). Noah lives there all alone… until his childhood friend Daniel (Gabriel Sloyer) moves in.

Invited by Carla in a misguided attempt to set the two of them up (even though Daniel is straight), Daniel is hoping to use the space as an office in which to start his new psychiatry practice. He gets more than he bargained for, however, as Noah insinuates himself into the role of a patient. Identities begin to blur until both men end up on the therapist’s couch.

Dubbed “an anal-retentive, narcissistic love story,” this 13-minute short film from writer/director Daniel Goldberg has the same smart, “neurotic New York City dramedy” feel of the work of Noah Baumbach and Alex Ross Perry. Check out the trailer for Daniel. Noah. below and visit Dekkoo to watch the full film.

Director Oliver Mason needs your help!

Oliver Mason has been making short films for many years, having started out as a runner in BBC Drama. He went on to train in script development but has found his real passion lies in directing and editing. His short films Away with Me, about spontaneous holiday romance in Nice that turns sour when there is a clash of intentions and expectations between the two men, and Miss Moneypenny, a bright and spunky 4-minute comedy about gay dating, are available now on Dekkoo. He currently has a short film in the works that needs some crowdfunding assistance.

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Have We Met Before? is  a short docudrama exploring how the internet has changed how gay men meet and interact with each other. Combining real documentary interviews with a freshly created cinematic narrative, Mason is hoping to create something new and engaging which is simultaneously authentic and poetic.

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You can read more about the project (and contribute financially, if you’re feeling generous) here. In the meantime, skip on over to Dekkoo to enjoy two of Mason’s earlier works and get a sense of his cinematic flavor.

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Now Available: My Life with James Dean

Invited to present his first feature film, My Life with James Dean, in Normandy, the young director Geraud Champreux (Johnny Rasse) has no idea this film tour is about to change his life. His movie – a LGBTQ tale of carnal passion – doesn’t seem the most likely title to move waves at the cinemas; and Geraud is as concerned about breaking up with the film’s leading man as in promoting his movie. And yet, the film and Geraud begin to collect supporters, from the frumpy receptionist at the chintzy hotel he puts up at, to a local cultural activist who books the cinemas and has love problems of her own, to the young projectionist at the first cinema where it plays, who falls head-over-heels in love with Geraud. As the promo tour careers from dire screenings to trawler trips and drunken evenings, Geraud ends up finding inspiration in this unlikely town in the North of France.

Directed by Dominique Choisy, My Life with James Dean is a charming, candy-colored “fish out of water” comedy that doubles as a love letter to cinema itself. Check out the trailer below and head on over to Dekkoo to watch the film.

Short Film Spotlight: Just Me

The brand-new short film Just Me follows Scott (Phillip Olivier), an attractive man who is preparing to get married… until Connor (Carl Loughlin), a stranger from his past, turns up on his doorstep to make him question everything.

Sexy and stirring, this short drama from prolific UK television director Mickey Jones examines hidden longing with powerful performances and gorgeous visual detail. Check out our photo gallery for Just Me along with the trailer below and visit Dekkoo to watch the film.

Lust and jealousy get the better of everyone in the British drama Soft Lad

The feature-length directorial debut of Leon Lopez (and actor from British television staples like “Brookside” and “EastEnders”), Soft Lad takes us to present-day Liverpool for an examination of lust, jealousy and their unintended consequences.

Twenty-two year old David (Jonny Labey) has it all – he’s young, he’s hot and he’s just been accepted into the prestigious dance school of his dreams. But David also has a big secret: for two years he’s been sleeping with his sister’s husband, Jules (Daniel Brocklebank).

After an argument ensues between the two secret lovers, David throws himself into a one-night stand with Sam (Craig Stein), a casual encounter which quickly evolves into something much stronger.

Unable to express his feelings to anyone, Jules is slowly driven mad by his secret desire for David – and he’s becoming increasingly more jealous of his newfound, public relationship. When David’s sister, Jane (Suzanne Collins), insists he bring his new boyfriend over for dinner, Jules snaps, revealing in turn a secret which none of them can ignore.

You can watch the trailer for Soft Lad below. The film is now streaming on Dekkoo.

Meet Naz & Maalik, Now Available on Dekkoo

In this riveting dramatic tale, gay teens Naz and Maalik are friends, classmates, business partners and lovers. As the two closeted Muslim teens go about their regular daily routine on a Friday afternoon in Brooklyn they arouse the suspicions of an undercover FBI agent who begins to track them.

This complex tale of race, religion and sexuality features a pair of tremendous performances from lead actors Kerwin Johnson Jr. and Curtiss Cook Jr. Intimate and meditative, Naz & Maalik examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.

An exceptionally well-crafted drama, and an auspicious feature debut from writer-director Jay Dockendorf, Naz & Maalik is now available on Dekkoo. Check out the trailer below.