Matthew Puccini’s The Mess He Made has a deceptively simple set-up – a man spends 15 minutes waiting for the results of a Rapid HIV test in a small-town strip mall. However, over the course of 10-minutes that allows it to unpick the ritual of the test and the anxious wait of the main character, as he considers the choices he’s made and what the test could mean for both his future and his past.
Puccini told Huffpo, “A close friend and I both had HIV scares last summer. I remember sitting in the cramped waiting room at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in midtown Manhattan, with my mind racing through all of these crazy hypotheticals, all these conversations I was dreading having to have. It felt important to make something that reflected our experience [and] showed the HIV screening process in a detailed, contemporary light.”
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