SHORT FOCUS 2019: Real Shame [Gwen O'Toole, UK, 2019]

A-Level results day: a testing time in the life of any young academic, even more so for Real Shame’s Benjy who will, on this day, admit to his more traditional father, that he will not in fact be choosing to study medicine at UCL but, instead, go to drama school. The film’s thematic domain lies in the complexity of our reactions in times of stress, and our inability to process and communicate our insecurities and embarrassments clearly, even with the ones we cherish and trust.