A School Crush Gets Put To The Test In “Language Of Love”

There’s few things more deliciously painful that a schoolboy crush. In the short film, “The Language of Love,” an Australian teen can’t focus on his French exam because his thoughts keep drifting to his best mate.

Produced by the Australian Theatre for Young People and directed by Laura Scrivano, “The Language of Love” was the brainchild of 17-year-old Kim Ho, who wrote and stars in the clip. “One day I was sitting in French [class] watching a film, and the guy in front of me was blocking my view,” Ho told Gay Star News. “I thought that that image of seeing someone silhouetted against a projector screen was a nice image to present of a boy longing for someone else.”

Below Ho and his mentor, playwright Tommy Murphy, discuss the making of the film.

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