Out: Stories of Lesbian and Gay Youth

Executive producer, Dennis Murphy. Directed by David Adkin. Camera (16mm, color), Joan Hutton, John Walker; editor, Steve Weslake; music, Aaron Davis; sound, Paul Durand. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama section), Feb. 17 , 1994. Running time:79 MIN.

Executive producer, Dennis Murphy. Directed by David Adkin. Camera (16mm, color), Joan Hutton, John Walker; editor, Steve Weslake; music, Aaron Davis; sound, Paul Durand. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama section), Feb. 17 , 1994. Running time:79 MIN.

Its construction and musical score recalling public school audiovisual programs, the well-meaning “Out” was adrift in the sophisticated international milieu of the Berlin Film Festival. Doc’s title, a misnomer reportedly attached by the National Film Board of Canada, has little to do with the broad, unfocused amalgam of subjects pic addresses. Commercial prospects seem limited to Canada, where it opens nationwide in March, with possible educational use in remote outposts and a few gay and lesbian festival screenings the only options outside its native country.

Several likable teens and twentysomethings recount the pain of being closeted and the difficulty of finally coming out to family and friends. Film broadens to include stories of transvestites, street hustlers and parental support group P-Flag, all of whom have virtually no connection to being “out” but instead fill out this primer on all things homosexual in Canada. Pic itself comes out somewhat conservatively on the side of traditional coupling. The ’70s-style music track with obligatory guitar is irritating. Editing and camera work are pedestrian.

Out: Stories of Lesbian and Gay Youth

(CANADIAN -- DOCU --16mm)

Production: A National Film Board of Canada production. (International sales: National Film Board of Canada, Montreal.) Produced by Silva Basmajian.

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