Openly gay actor Craig Daniel Adams and his partner Bruno Collins have announced a new series of short films to introduce their upcoming feature Four:Play, and they’re looking for online donations to help with the filmmaking process.
Four:Play is a romantic comedy centring on two couples – Michael (David Paisley) and Jay (Arron Blake), and Sam (Adams) and Leo (David Ames). The scene is on the morning of Michael and Jay’s wedding, beginning with the four friends hungover and wondering if the night before ended in foursome. The foursome deliberate on the importance of trust, love and family in a modern relationship, interrupted by crazy mothers, bitchy best friends and overly-accepting fathers.
Feeling many recent LGBT-related films had been dark, issue-based films, Adams and Collins wanted decided approach similar issues from a romantic comedy angle, writing a film that discusses several aspects of modern gay life with its tongue placed firmly in its cheek.
The shorts will introduce the characters and themes from the feature in a variety of stylistic approaches. First, an ‘On Line Gay Blog’ introduces us to ‘young love’s dream’, Sam and Leo. In the second, Jay and Michael discuss their upcoming nuptials in a glossy magazine-style interview. Finally, the foursome’s friend Albin (Darren Lee Murphy) records an online dating profile. The shorts are designed to work independently as glimpses of modern gay life, as well as a preview of the style and themes that writer Adams and director Collins will explore further in the feature film.
All five of the main cast members are proud, openly gay actors, a point Adams and Collins are ‘very passionate about’, although it was ‘never the intention, just a really happy coincidence’. It’s important to both men ‘that people can be proud of who they are and that gay youngsters can have positive role models to look up to’. Sugar Rush’s Olivia Hallinan has also just joined the cast.
The crowd-funding campaign has already been launched via Indiegogo, and they’ve already reached their £2000 goal - but they don’t want to stop there! The more money raised, the better the production will be, and based on the pedigree alone, Four:Play could be something very special. The campaign closes on 17 May, with the shorts set to shoot immediately after. Rewards for donating range from signed goodies to an executive producer credit, and are all listed on the right hand side of the Indiegogo page. You can watch Adams and Collins' handsome faces introducing the project in the video above.