Travis Mathews has gained a lot of fans for his In Their Room series, as well as both the short and feature-length versions of I Want Your Love, and his collaboration with James Franco, Interior Leather Bar. Now he’s returning with Discreet, which has released a couple of teasers.
Mathews has also been talking to Out about the film, saying, “It’s an unconventional film, and one with a lot of entry points for viewers. I want to invite people to consider watching the film through the prism of the politics that shaped it, and to hopefully leave the theater considering the scope of what’s happening in America. Hopefully, some folks will be inspired to make their own work that responds to this dangerous moment we’re sifting through. It’s not the time for people to be quiet or isolate.”
In the movie, ‘After years in hiding and struggling to control his demons, an eccentric drifter returns home and discovers that his childhood abuser, the center of his pain, is still alive. Armed with this knowledge, the drifter plots his revenge, all the while navigating the perilous land of masculine fragility in modern-day America.’
As with Mathews earlier film, it isn’t a film that’s afraid to use explicit and erotic imagery, and has also been praised for being an incredibly timely look at the current politics in America, and most particularly the rise of the alt-right.
The director adds, “As I was driving around Texas listening to conservative talk radio I tried to understand how that vitriol was intersecting with the black box profiles that I saw on the gay hookup apps. The movie is really about gathering all of that bubbling masculine anxiety during the US presidential campaign then channeling it through the traumatized mind of one character on a difficult journey.”
Discreet recently premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and is currently playing film festivals. Take a look at the two teasers below.