Private Project

The Penitential Act

John, a young queer man who believes he deserves unending punishment, shame, and humiliation, returns to the harsh and unwelcoming North-West of England in 1986 following a period in prison. Discovering that his family have abandoned him, John is left alone and homeless, finding pleasure only in provoking others as he forges a path of self-destruction. He returns to his old Parish church to find Father Upton still practicing, a priest who rages with fire and brimstone at the world of sin, impurity, and lust that he views to be ever-growing around him. John pursues the divine punishment that Father Upton seemingly offers and attempts to provoke the priest into giving him what he wants, through a most heinous act. Ultimately, these two men strive to remain in their respective prisons that they have made for themselves, but their interactions open the doors to possible freedom.

  • Ben Lyons
  • Ben Lyons
  • Spandana Patanaik
  • Dominic Holmes
    Key Cast
    Role Play, Hullraisers, F U Martin Parker, Industry, War of the Worlds
  • Alan Turkington
    Key Cast
    "Father Upton"
    Heartstopper, Mary Queen of Scots, The Man from UNCLE, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, AIDS: The Unheard Tapes
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    17,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Arri
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - The London Film School
Director - Ben Lyons