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Authentic

Country: Australia, Language: English, 13 mins

  • Director: Manuel R. Mota
  • Writer: Manuel R. Mota
  • Producer: Ben Ferris; Aytac Turkay

CGiii Comment

Bisexuality rarely gets an outing in short films...

Mota deals with the subject maturely...and, in so doing, shows a damn fine talent for film-making.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Aaron is a bachelor living a stereotypical life with a decent earning. He works in a bank, managing people’s finances, but he has trouble to manage his own life in late 20’s. Whenever he finds a minute of privacy in his day, he hastily delves into his own fabricated reality: a world of excessive sex, pornography, and masturbation. However, this is a manifestation of his feelings of intense lack of connection (Anorexia-Avoidance), and the loneliness around him.

One day Aaron meets a new neighbor and establishes a connection. This moment lights a spark inside that grows, opening a door to achieve the emotional and physical satisfaction he was longing. Is Aaron ready to give up his comfort zone?

"Authentic" is a portrait of a person desperately trying to find meaning in the compulsive pursuit of climax. In his quest for satisfaction he either doesn't see his real desires or ignores it deliberately?

Cast & Characters

Richard Hilliar as Aaron;
Caleb Alloway as Robert;
Katherine Shearer as Susan;
Zoe Campbell as Angela;
James Herrera as Guy 1;
Pond Phithaklopanich as Guy 2;
Ting Fu as Lily