By Ben Tricklebank | Drama
A 14-year-old is expected to be a man. But he doesn't want to grow up that way.

Jake is 14 years old, and on his way to spend time with his father, Danny. Sullen and withdrawn, he’s reluctant to talk much with his father, much less bond with him, but still, he remains loyal and puts in the time.

As they drive off to their planned activity, they make stilted conversation. Jake’s father is loose and jovial, but underneath he is bitter towards Jake’s mother and her new partner, as well as the stable new home they’ve built together. He’s also dismissive of Jake, though he has a clear affection for his son. But just as they arrive at their destination, Jake’s father reaches out and finally gives his son the love and understanding he needs.

Directed by Ben Tricklebank from a script co-written with James Gould-Bourn, this moody, textured Oscar-qualifying drama is a portrait of the uneasy, challenging relationship between a father and son, captured in burnished, beautiful cinematography, powerfully understated performances and sparing but evocative storytelling.

The dialogue masterfully captures how Danny’s conversation dominates over his son, leaving little room for Jake’s own experience and perspective. It’s full of ideas of what being a grown man should and should not do, as well as emotional minefields about family, his mother and Jake’s home with her. As they race through the arid landscape, they also speed towards a turning point in their relationship — one equal parts heartwarming and horrifying, as we discover just what kind of influence Danny is on his “champ.”

You Might Also Like:


By Candice Carella | Drama
A single mother leaves her young daughter with a rock musician uncle.


By Marianne Farley | Drama
A woman goes to an illegal abortion clinic, following the adoption of an anti-abortion law.

A La Cara

By Javier Marco | Drama
A famous reporter confronts a man for insulting her on Twitter.


By David Bartlett | Drama
A young Roma girl is discovered by Nazis as they cleanse the streets of 'undesirables'.


By Mark Rosenblatt | Drama
A little girl thinks she sees a family cleaner steal a precious ornament. Then it escalates.


By Scott Aharoni and Dennis Latos | Drama
A father keeps a painful secret from his daughter during COVID -- but risks losing her.

Free Fall

By Emmanuel Tenenbaum | Drama
A young trader jumps into the biggest trade of his life amid the September 11 attacks.

The Recordist

By Indianna Bell and Josiah Allen | Drama
A young actress has an affair with the director. The sound recordist blackmails her.


By Miles Warren | Drama
A young boy explores his manhood after his father fights at a bowling alley.


By Richard Prendergast | Drama
A single mother takes her family on a road trip. But it's to an unwanted destination.

Second Best

By Alyssa McClelland | Comedy
Twin sisters turn into rivals when one's gymnastics career steals the spotlight.

No More Wings

By Abraham Adeyemi | Drama
2 friends meet at their favorite fried chicken shop. But their lives have diverged.


By Gokalp Gonen | Animation
A man is trapped on a spaceship after his robot overseer finds every planet uninhabitable.

Feeling Through (Oscars)

By Doug Roland | Drama
A homeless teen meets a deaf-blind man who changes his life forever...


By Hadley Hillel | Drama
A man's suicide attempt rips a hole in the ceiling. Then he befriends the boy upstairs.

Your favorite short films you haven't seen yet.

Inspiring and insightful. Entertaining and enlightening. That's what you can expect here: no fluff. Just a steady stream of the best films delivered to your inbox.