‘Cucumber’ stars reunite in new gay short sci-fi film

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Julie Hesmondhalgh and Ceallach Spellman have joined the cast of a new gay short film about time travel.

Directed by Lloyd Eyre-Morgan (Dream On, Celluloid), Closets is described as “an unusual, compassionate and ultimately uplifting story, peppered with sorrow, humour and hope”.

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Hesmondhalgh and Spellman, who played Cleo and Adam in Queer as Folk creator Russell T Davies’ new LGBT drama Cucumber on Channel 4 earlier this year, will appear as mother and son for a second time in the short film.

The cast also includes Tommy Lawrence Knight (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Glue), Jason Done (Waterloo Road) and Janet Bamford (Dream On).

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Closets follows tormented 16-year-old Henry (Knight) in 1986 who is struggling with his sexuality in his bedroom when he time travels to 2016 and meets gay teenager Ben (Spellman), who is occupying the same room 30 years later.

The story will highlight past and present-day issues facing young gay teenagers, exploring homophobic bullying and confusion about sexual identity.

Closets poster

Closets begins filming in Greater Manchester later this week. The short film’s cast was put together by Lee Mountjoy (Vendetta, The Mimic).

> Find out more on the official Closets website.

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