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In Boy, a college-aged rent boy exposes the truth about the death of a girl in a hit and run accident. Using typography that hovers on screen in place of dialogue, flares of bold colour, dioramic frames, and brutal portraiture reminiscent of Dianne Arbus, director Welby Ings creates a powerful, exquisite perspective on the silent claustrophobia and sexual violence of small town New Zealand. The film gained acclaim both at home and internationally. Accolades included Best Short Film at Cinequest in the United States.

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 Welby Ings
 Nic Finlayson
 Jesse Lee

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Comments (3)

 Roy Williams

Roy Williams

Saw this at Storyville conference in Brighton.

Respect. Mastery. A beautiful person (as the Irish say).

thanks ...



Why have I not seen this before? Story telling told in a deeply moving and unique way, simply wonderful.

 Lexie Matheson

Lexie Matheson

'Boy' is simply brilliant. From conception to realisation this deeply moving art film scores at the highest level. Wonderful.

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Included in:

 NZ Short Film Collection
 The LGBT Collection


I approached Boy as a typographer and illustrator, not as a filmmaker. That in itself was unconventional … The result is a visually intense film that deals with an aspect of New Zealand society seldom discussed. I really wanted to offer something new to film and its success vindicates the approach I took. 
A haunting, visually inventive tale about coming of age and into sexuality. 
In the silence of my childhood there were no angels. 


2005 Cinequest Film Festival (USA)
Short Narrative Film

2005 Drifting Clouds Film Festival
John O'Shea Best NZ Film Award
Best Director
Best Art Direction
Best Editing

Planet Out Awards (USA)
Audience Award, Best Experimental Short Film 

2005 Out Takes Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Best Short Film

2004 Mezipatra International Film Festival (Czech Republic)
Honorary Mention, Jury Prize

Festivals include:
2005 Clermont-Ferrand, 2005 Cinequest, 2005 Palm Springs, 2005 Sao Paulo, 2004 New York, 2004 Uppsala, 2004 New Zealand, 2004, Montreal, 2004 New York, 2004 Cork