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A father and son’s attempt to reconnect over the course of a weekend visitation will send them further into a world of crime that will ultimately bring devastating consequences.

BJ is a twelve year-old boy desperate to win the attention of his father. Tacco is the father desperate to win the admiration of his son. Stye is a work by director Matthew Jenkin, far different from his previous short ‘Cockatoo‘, which shows the incredible power of influence on a young teenager. Together, their attempts over the course of a weekend visitation will send them further into a world of crime that will ultimately bring devastating consequences.

A year after my father passed away, my wife and I fell pregnant with our first child, a boy. During the pregnancy I was reflecting on the relationship I had with my dad – the good and the bad. It was also a time of preparation for becoming a parent and the anxiety that can come with that – the responsibility for another human who will now totally rely upon you to bring them up in the world and develop them. So with father / son relationships firmly in my mind, it was natural for me to write about it however, as my upbringing was relatively drama free, I decided to fictionalise most aspects but ensure it came from a place of truth.

Built in part by real emotional ties, Matthew’s main intentions were to make a visceral experience for the audience.

I wanted it to have impact and for the audience to feel totally immersed in this world.

By setting an almost silent mood where actions speak much louder than words, Matthew banks on the strong performances by the lead cast to drive the unformed relationship. With this a memorable experience is formed, and perhaps unconsciously reminding us that bad kids most likely come from bad upbringing – and there’s very little anyone can do to help.

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