Boys Don't Cry

  • Nigel Garner
  • Nigel Garner
  • Adam Brewin
    Key Cast
  • Sophie Chittock
    Key Cast
  • Josef Gabr
    Key Cast
  • Craig Birtchnell
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 13, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Nigel Garner

I work as a Video Producer and Graphic Designer producing a range of promotional materials for marketing purposes. Services include:

Promotional Photography and Videography, Video Editing, Surveying Photography, Motion Graphics, Graphic Design, Web Design, Digital Design, Print Design.

I also run a freelance video production company, Near Ginger Productions - a small independent video and graphic design studio based in Norfolk, UK.

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Director Statement

Boys don’t cry is a short film which aims to highlight the increasing pressures experienced by young men in society. We follow Adam who has struggled with the spectre of mental health and its associated demons. His feelings of responsibility to succeed in order to somehow validate his family’s belief in him. His feelings of extreme loneliness, despair and hopelessness. So many young men suffer in this way. Pressures to have a career, the expectation to excel academically, financial burdens, together with the pressures the individual puts upon themselves such as the desire for independence.

Adam wants to deliver a message to encourage young people, males in particular, to speak out about their negative feelings. He wants to break taboos, to say that you’re not alone, its ok for boys to have strong emotional feelings of self doubt and wants to fight the stereotype that unless a young male is strong, independent and slightly aloof to any form of emotion, he is somehow less of a man. He wants to show that success does not necessarily mean excelling financially but success should be accepting your own desires of what will bring happiness, peace and balance in your life.

Adam has and continues to wrestle with these demons. He understands that speaking out has been the first step to a long recovery. He has a great support network and has found ways to communicate his daily struggle in a way that works for him.