This is a full length version of writer and director, Kareem Mortimer's earlier short called `Float. It stars Johnny Ferro as `Jonny' a reclusive scholarship, art student, whose work is lacking in passion. His art teacher thinks he needs some inspiration and so sends him to stay at her home on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera. He is already suffering bullying and homophobia in Nassau, so decides to go. Once there he meets Romeo (Stephen Tyrone Williams) who is also a refugee from Nassau trying to escape the prying attentions of his over bearing mother.
Romeo makes some initial advances on Jonny but is rebuked, undeterred he carries on until he gains his confidence and a relationship - of sorts - begins. There is also a dual plot of the hypocritical, homophobic, preacher, who also likes a bit of cruising himself. His wife, played brilliantly by Margaret Laurena Kemp, has caught a not so social disease and is blaming him; he says she has turned to the devil so she goes off to the same island to see if he will return to save their marriage.
What unfolds exposes deep set homophobia and traditional family set ups based on narrow and ignorant views of Christianity and the Old Testament. There are no new plots here, but what is new is the setting, this was made with the full co-operation of The Bahamas Film Council, and it should be lauded for trying to address the religious ignorance and bigotry which gives support to the lies spread by rampant homophobes.
Where is it let down? Well despite some great acting, there are also some very woeful performances, this is not helped by the video kind of format it has been recorded in, this makes it feel like a day time soap. There is also some poor lighting in the night shots, which instead of adding mood and feeling, just makes you miss what is happening. There is some reggae, which may upset music fans and very little background, incidental or mood music. I know this is down to funding and so is forgivable, but when competing on an International stage, these things matter. All in all not a bad effort and as said earlier laudable for many reasons, the ending may leave you feeling unfulfilled, but that is always the artistic choice of the writer, so I am fine with it. If you like world, gay cinema this is one you ought to get round to seeing, but it will not change your life.