The Secret Path (2014)
Director: Richard Mansfield
Writers: Richard Mansfield
Genre: Fantasy, History, Mystery, Romance
Duration: 75 min
Stars: Darren Bransford, Henry Regan, Miguel Campbell-Lewis
THE SECRET PATH
This new gay love story from a married couple of newbie filmmakers Daniel and Richard Mansfield is quite unique. Essentially a two-hander, its the story of a pair of lovers in their late 20’s who are on the run having deserted the British Navy in the early 1800’s. Having come ashore near the rather lush grounds of the estate of an abandoned country house, the two men live ‘rough’ during the day whilst at night they dig up dead bodies to sell and get some funds to move on.
In a script that is full of more holes than any net these ex-Mariners may have found at sea, we are never too sure why they do little beyond walking around in circles or just lying on the grass cuddling each other. They make out occasionally in a manner that one can only suggest that their clumsiness is due to being new to man-on-man sex, or that they are used to doing it on rough seas which gave them a natural rhythm. What is for sure is that the whole place is haunted, and in this supernatural thriller where Theo alone keeps seeing dead people, we know that it cannot possible end well for him or for his lover Frank.
It’s a bold move making a gay period drama, especially on a micro-budget, and these two Brit filmmakers should be applauded for their valiant effort. The combination of the jerky hand-held cameras and an ominously eerie soundtrack go a long way to making this wee movie more watchable. The two very likeable actors, Darren Bransford & Henry Regan, do well with their parts but they, like the script could have so benefited with both more substance and better direction. The whole thin plot was far too stretched out and made one’s attention wander a little too often in the middle section in particular.
- Director: Richard Mansfield
- Writers:Richard MansfieldRichard MansfieldRichard Mansfield
- Genres:Fantasy, History, Mystery, Romance
- Runtime:77 minutes
- Actors:FrankDarren BransfordTheoHenry ReganThomasMiguel Campbell-LewisThe GentlemanDaniel Mansfield
The year is 1810. Frank and Theo are in love and on the run from the British Navy. There is a war on and they have escaped their home on The Rose, the ship where they met to live the rest of their lives together. They hide out in the grounds of a large abandoned house in the English countryside. Their new hiding place may be even more dangerous than life in the Navy. Theo keeps seeing a dark and sinister figure watching them in the grounds and haunting his dreams. Only their love can save them.
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A love story. Theo and Frank are on the run from the British Navy in the early 1800’s. They hide in the grounds of an abandoned country house and discover it’s more than the living they’re running from.
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- Rating: (27 votes)